National Affairs: Tidelands

The 15-year-old dispute about U.S. "tidelands" moved another slow step toward decision. Last week the House of Representatives passed (285-108) a bill to give coastal states title to the submerged land which lies from the low water mark seaward to the states' historic boundaries (10½ miles in the case of Texas and the gulf coast of Florida, three miles for all other states). The Senate is expected to pass a tidelands bill differing in detail from that of the House.

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