The success of the Cruise Vessel Safety and Security Act of 2009 (HR 3360) can be traced directly to Congresswoman Doris Matsui of Sacramento California.

Congresswoman Matsui’s constituent, Laurie Dishman, called upon her three and one-half years ago after Ms. Dishman was a victim of a crime on a cruise ship operated by Royal Caribbean Cruises. 

We have discussed Ms. Dishman and Congresswoman Matsui in prior blogs – Congress Passes Cruise Crime Law and Congressional All Stars Pass Cruise Crime Law By Vote of 416 to 4

The following video is of Congresswoman’s comments on November 17, 2009 shortly before Congress passed the cruise crime law: