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[121 STAT. 422]
[121 STAT. 422]
PUBLIC LAW 110-000—MMMM. DD, 2007

121 STAT. 422

PUBLIC LAW 110–53—AUG. 3, 2007

immigration status checks, or other background checks of covered individuals. (h) STATUTORY CONSTRUCTION.—Nothing in this section shall be construed to affect the process for review established under section 70105(c) of title 46, United States Code, including regulations issued pursuant to such section. 6 USC 1144.

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SEC. 1415. LIMITATION ON FINES AND CIVIL PENALTIES.

(a) INSPECTORS.—Surface transportation inspectors shall be prohibited from issuing fines to public transportation agencies for violations of the Department’s regulations or orders except through the process described in subsection (b). (b) CIVIL PENALTIES.—The Secretary shall be prohibited from assessing civil penalties against public transportation agencies for violations of the Department’s regulations or orders, except in accordance with the following: (1) In the case of a public transportation agency that is found to be in violation of a regulation or order issued by the Secretary, the Secretary shall seek correction of the violation through a written notice to the public transportation agency and shall give the public transportation agency reasonable opportunity to correct the violation or propose an alternative means of compliance acceptable to the Secretary. (2) If the public transportation agency does not correct the violation or propose an alternative means of compliance acceptable to the Secretary within a reasonable time period that is specified in the written notice, the Secretary may take any action authorized in section 114 of title 49, United States Code, as amended by this Act. (c) LIMITATION ON SECRETARY.—The Secretary shall not initiate civil enforcement actions for violations of administrative and procedural requirements pertaining to the application for and expenditure of funds awarded under transportation security grant programs under this title.

TITLE XV—SURFACE TRANSPORTATION SECURITY Subtitle A—General Provisions 6 USC 1151.

SEC. 1501. DEFINITIONS.

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In this title, the following definitions apply: (1) APPROPRIATE CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEES.—The term ‘‘appropriate congressional committees’’ means the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate and the Committee on Homeland Security and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives. (2) SECRETARY.—The term ‘‘Secretary’’ means the Secretary of Homeland Security. (3) DEPARTMENT.—The term ‘‘Department’’ means the Department of Homeland Security.

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