Darrell Issa Wants To Rename Coastal Zones After Ronald Reagan

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July 19 2012 3:37 PM

Darrell Issa Wants To Rename Coastal Zones After Ronald Reagan

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 07: An aide hands Darrell Issa (R-CA)(R), speaks with an aide during a hearing at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, June 7, 2012 in Washington, DC. Oversight members will be hearing testimony on the initiatives of the U.S. Department of Justice. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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In 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed legislation that codified the "exclusive economic zone" of this beloved country. The goal: Some economic guidelines for costal water within three to 200 miles of American shores, "for the purpose of exploring, exploiting, conserving and managing natural resources, whether living and nonliving, of the seabed and subsoil and the superjacent waters and with regard to other activities for the economic exploitation and exploration of the zone, such as the production of energy from the water, currents and winds."

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Now, as The Hill first reported, Rep. Darrell Issa, is re-introducing a piece of legislation that would name all of this water after Ronald Reagan. H.R. 6147 would "designate the exclusive economic zone of the United States as the 'Ronald Wilson Reagan Exclusive Economic Zone.'" What does this mean? I imagine it'll look like previous versions of the legislation.

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A BILL

To designate the exclusive economic zone of the United States as the `Ronald Wilson Reagan Exclusive Economic Zone of the United States'.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. DESIGNATION OF THE RONALD WILSON REAGAN EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONE OF THE UNITED STATES.

    (a) Designation- The exclusive economic zone of the United States, as established by Presidential Proclamation Numbered 5030, dated March 10, 1983, is designated as the `Ronald Wilson Reagan Exclusive Economic Zone of the United States'.

    (b) References- Any reference in a law, map, regulation, document, paper, or other record of the United States to the exclusive economic zone of the United States is deemed to be a reference to the `Ronald Wilson Reagan Exclusive Economic Zone of the United States'.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

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