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Former Commissioner Joseph E. Brennan

Commissioner Joseph E. BrennanCommissioner Joseph E. Brennan, of Portland, Maine, comes to the Commission to continue a distinguished career of public service. After serving in the U.S. Army, he graduated from Boston College and the University of Maine School of Law. He became a representative in the Maine House in 1965. Mr. Brennan went on to serve as District Attorney for Cumberland County in Maine, as a Maine State Senator, and as the State's Attorney General. He was elected Governor of the State of Maine in 1979, a position he held until 1987, and also served as Chairman of the Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers. He subsequently served in the U.S. House of Representatives until 1991, and then entered private practice as an attorney in Washington, D.C.

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Sep 14, 2011
Commissioner Joseph E. Brennan in Opposition to Proposed Rule Relating to the Commission’s Passenger Vessel Responsibility Program
Commissioner Joseph E. Brennan, voting on September 8th, 2011, in opposition to the issuance of a proposed rule relating to the Commission’s passenger vessel responsibility program established pursuant to Section 3 (Performance) of Public Law 89-777, 46 U.S.C. §§ 44101-44106
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Feb 25, 2011
Commissioner Brennan Dissents from Majority Vote to Issue Final Rule Creating Non-Vessel-Operating Common Carrier Negotiated Rate Arrangements
On July 31, 2008, the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America, Inc. (NCBFAA) petitioned the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) to exempt non-vessel-operating (NVO) common carriers from the statutory requirement to publish, and adhere to, tariff rates. In response to the intermediaries’ petition, the Commission initiated on its own motion the exemption that the Commission is now considering. The Commission should disapprove the exemption for two reasons.
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Mar 03, 2010
Opening Statement of Commissioner Joseph E. Brennan: Hearing of the Federal Maritime Commission on Passenger Vessel Financial Responsibility
I am pleased that the Commission is holding this public hearing. Revising the financial responsibility requirements of passenger vessels has been on the Commission’s agenda for about 16 years. Last September, the Commission discontinued a rulemaking from 2002 because the record had become outdated. Now we are seeking the most current information again. I am especially interested in whether the current $15 million cap is adequate to protect passenger deposits. The Commission has not increase​
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Feb 19, 2010
Citing Consumer Protection, Commissioner Brennan Opposes Elimination of NVO Rate Tariff Requirements
At a meeting of the Federal Maritime Commission, Commissioner Joseph E. Brennan, former governor and congressman from Maine, voiced his opposition to a petition that seeks to exempt non-vessel-operating common carriers (NVOCCs) from publishing rate tariffs online and adhering to them.
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Feb 13, 2009
Commissioner Brennan Opposes Special Reporting Requirements on Los Angeles and Long Beach
At its meeting of February 11th 2009, the Federal Maritime Commission decided not to seek to enjoin, at this time, the PortCheck Agreement (Agreement No. 201199) entered into by the City of Los Angeles, the City of Long Beach, PortCheck LLC, and the individual marine terminal operators at the two ports.​
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Jan 16, 2009
Commissioner Brennan Dissents from Majority Vote to Deny Expedited Review of Los Angeles/Long Beach Port Fee Services Agreement
In the January 14, 2009 meeting of the Federal Maritime Commission, Commissioner Joseph E. Brennan voted in opposition to a motion denying the Agreement parties' request for expedited review for the Port Fee Services Agreement, FMC Agreement No. 201199.
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Dec 18, 2008
FMC For Fifth Time Votes to Effectively Delay or Block Clean Air Program of Citizens of Los Angeles and Long Beach
By formally requesting more information from the parties, the Commission majority has prevented the LA/Long Beach Port Fee Services Agreement (FMC Agreement No. 201199) from taking effect until 45 days after the Commission receives answers from the parties. That delay prevents the collection of fees to pay for new, cleaner trucks. Commissioner Brennan voted against requesting further information.
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Dec 05, 2008
Commissioner Brennan Favors Expedited Review of Port Services Agreement to Allow Operation of Clean Trucks Program of California Ports
Commissioner Joseph Brennan dissented from the Commission majority's decision to deny expedited review of the Port Services Agreement of Los Angeles and Long Beach (FMC Agreement No. 201199). Commissioner Brennan is concerned that not granting the request for expedited review will lead to the impression that the Federal Maritime Commission is oblivious or indifferent to the felt need and urgency of economic development and cleaning up the air for millions of southern Californians.
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Oct 30, 2008
Commissioner Brennan Dissents from FMC Action Against Clean Trucks Program; Calls Commission Vote a Colossal Mistake
In an October 29th closed-session meeting of the Federal Maritime Commission, Commissioner Joseph E. Brennan voted against a motion to seek a federal injunction to stop the Clean Trucks Program (CTP) of the Port of Los Angeles. Commissioner Brennan considers it a colossal mistake for the Commission to try to block a program of environmental protection and economic expansion that has been endorsed as reasonable and necessary.
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Sep 24, 2008
Commissioner Brennan Votes Against Investigation of Los Angeles/Long Beach Terminal Practices, Citing "Legal Cloud" Over Port Development and Clean Air Plan
Today the Federal Maritime Commission voted to launch an investigation of the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Commissioner Joseph E. Brennan voted against the proposal, saying that it was premature and unnecessary.
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