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Rebuilding the presumption of preemption
In the May 2013 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Rebuilding the presumption of preemption". In the article, I discuss how federal control of maritime commerce prevailed over state control in the early days of the Republic. Over the years, that federal preemption has been eroded. It is time to rebuild the presumption in favor of federal preemption with respect to all matters related to maritime commerce. The industry should not be unregulated or even under-regulated, but it deserves to be uniformly regulated.