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New United States Code Title

US Code coverThe United States Code, which has been codified and published into fifty titles since 1926, will soon see a change. H.R. 3237, which was passed by Congress and signed by President Obama this month, will add a new title to the U.S. Code: Title 51, National and Commercial Space Programs.

Prior to this law, laws about space programs appeared throughout the U.S. Code, such as in 15 U.S.C. §5801 et seq. (Commercial Space Competitiveness), and 49 U.S.C. §70101 et seq. (Commercial Space Transportation). Previous attempts at enacting this title were made by H.R. 4780 introduced in the House of Representatives on December 18, 2007, and H.R. 3039 introduced in the House on June 22, 2005.

To see a table showing which sections from the current U.S. Code are moving to the new Title 51, see the House Committee on the Judiciary's report on this bill.

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