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[121 STAT. 450]
[121 STAT. 450]
PUBLIC LAW 110-000—MMMM. DD, 2007

121 STAT. 450

PUBLIC LAW 110–53—AUG. 3, 2007

State, or local laws. Nothing in the section shall be construed to abridge rights and responsibilities of covered individuals, a railroad carrier, or a contractor or subcontractor of a railroad carrier, under any other Federal, State, or local laws or under any collective bargaining agreement. (g) NO PREEMPTION OF FEDERAL OR STATE LAW.—Nothing in this section shall be construed to preempt a Federal, State, or local law that requires criminal history background checks, 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. SEC. 1523. NORTHERN BORDER RAILROAD PASSENGER REPORT.

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(a) IN GENERAL.—Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary, in consultation with the Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration, the Secretary of Transportation, heads of other appropriate Federal departments and agencies and Amtrak shall transmit a report to the appropriate congressional committees that contains— (1) a description of the current system for screening passengers and baggage on passenger railroad service between the United States and Canada; (2) an assessment of the current program to provide preclearance of airline passengers between the United States and Canada as outlined in ‘‘The Agreement on Air Transport Preclearance between the Government of Canada and the Government of the United States of America’’, dated January 18, 2001; (3) an assessment of the current program to provide preclearance of freight railroad traffic between the United States and Canada as outlined in the ‘‘Declaration of Principle for the Improved Security of Rail Shipments by Canadian National Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway from Canada to the United States’’, dated April 2, 2003; (4) information on progress by the Department of Homeland Security and other Federal agencies towards finalizing a bilateral protocol with Canada that would provide for preclearance of passengers on trains operating between the United States and Canada; (5) a description of legislative, regulatory, budgetary, or policy barriers within the United States Government to providing prescreened passenger lists for railroad passengers traveling between the United States and Canada to the Department; (6) a description of the position of the Government of Canada and relevant Canadian agencies with respect to preclearance of such passengers; (7) a draft of any changes in existing Federal law necessary to provide for prescreening of such passengers and providing prescreened passenger lists to the Department; and (8) an analysis of the feasibility of reinstating in-transit inspections onboard international Amtrak trains. (b) PRIVACY AND CIVIL RIGHTS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES ISSUES.—

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