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  • CODE OF THE
    FEDERATED STATES OF MICRONESIA

          This version of the Code of the Federated States of Micronesia is an unofficial legislative version of the 1997 Code, as updated by the Office of the Legislative Counsel of the Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia, with assistance by the LIS Project. This version is updated through Public Law 12-12 (August 19, 2001).
     
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    (Includes PL 2-48)

    Title 1.  GENERAL PROVISIONS
     
    Title 2.  EXECUTIVE
     
    Title 3.  LEGISLATIVE
     
    Title 4.  JUDICIARY OF THE FEDERATED STATES OF MICRONESIA
     
    Title 5.  JUDICIARY OF THE TRUST TERRITORY OF THE PACIFIC ISLANDS [REPEALED]

    Title 6.  JUDICIAL PROCEDURE
    Subchapter I.  Issuance, Service, and Return ( 111-113)
    Subchapter II.  Fees and Costs ( 121-123)
    Subchapter III.  Foreign Service of Process ( 131-136)
    Subchapter I.  Fees and Costs ( 1011-1019)
    Subchapter II.  Disposition of Fines ( 1021-1022)
    Subchapter I.  General Provisions ( 1611-1616)
    Subchapter II.  Annulment and Divorce ( 1621-1629)
    Subchapter III.  Adoption ( 1631-1635)
    Subchapter I.  General Provisions ( 1711-1714)
    Subchapter II.  Criminal Enforcement ( 1721-1722)
    Subchapter III.  Civil Enforcement ( 1731-1758)
     
    Title 7.  CITIZENSHIP
     
    Title 8.  TRANSITION
     
    Title 9.  NATIONAL ELECTIONS  ***(The provisions of this title have been recently repealed and reenacted by the provisions of PL 14-76.  A copy of this public law can be found by going to the 14th Congress Public Law Table at the website of the FSM Congress.)
     
    Title 10.  FOREIGN RELATIONS
     
    Title 11.  CRIMES
    Subchapter I.  Obstructing Government Operations
       ( 501-509)
    Subchapter II.  Abuse of Office ( 521-513)
    Subchapter III.  Public Corruption ( 514-521)
    Subchapter IV.  Perjury and Related Crimes of Falsification
       ( 522-530)
    Subchapter I.  General Provisions ( 901-911)
    Subchapter II.  Money and Laundering ( 912-928)
    Subchapter III.  Confiscation ( 929-979)
    Subchapter I.  General Provisions ( 1111-1112)
    Subchapter II.  Standards and Schedules ( 1116-1128)
    Subchapter III.  Manufacture, Distribution, and Dispensing
       ( 1131-1138)
    Subchapter IV.  Offenses and Penalties ( 1141-1149)

    Title 12.  CRIMINAL PROCEDURE

    Titles 13-16.  [Reserved]

    Title 17.  ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURE
     
    Title 18.  TERRITORY, ECONOMIC ZONES AND PORTS OF ENTRY
    Subchapter I.  Entry into Territorial Waters ( 311-317)
    Subchapter II.  Seizure and Forfeiture Proceedings
       ( 321-330)
    Subchapter III.  Pilotage of Foreign Vessels ( 331-335)
     
    Title 19.  ADMIRALTY AND MARITIME

    Title 20.  AERONAUTICS
     
    Title 21.  TELECOMMUNICATIONS
     
    Title 22.  AGRICULTURE AND LIVESTOCK
    Chapter 1.  General Provisions [RESERVED]
     
    Title 23.  RESOURCE CONSERVATION
    Chapter 2.  [RESERVED]
     
    Title 24.  MARINE RESOURCES
    ***(Most of the provisions of this title have been recently repealed and reenacted by the provisions of PL 12-34.  A copy of this public law can be found by going to the 12th Congress Public Law Table at the website of the FSM Congress.)
     
    Title 25.  ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
    Subtitle I.  Trust Territory Environmental Quality Protection Act
    Subtitle II:  Federated States of Micronesia Environmental Protection
        Act
     
    Title 26.  HISTORICAL SITES AND ANITQUITIES

    Titles 27 & 28.  [Reserved]

    Title 29.  COMMERCIAL BANKING


    Title 30.  DEVELOPMENT BANKING

    Title 31.  BANKRUPTCY AND INSOLVENCY *** (New provisions of this title have been recently enacted by the provisions of PL 13-73.  A copy of this public law should be found by going to the 13th Congress Public Law Table at the website of the FSM Congress.)

    Title 32.  BUSINESS REGULATIONS
    Subchapter I.  General Provisions ( 411-417)
    Subchapter II.  Powers and Duties ( 421-426)
     
    Title 33.  COMMERCIAL LAW
    Chapter 1.  General Provisions [Reserved]
    Chapter 2.  Sales [Reserved]
    Chapter 4.  Bank Deposits and Collections [Reserved]
    Chapter 5.  Letters of Credit [Reserved]
    Chapter 6.  Bulk Transfers [Reserved]
    Chapter 7.  Warehouse Receipts, Bills of Lading, and Other Documents of Title [Reserved]
    Subchapter I.  Real Property Security Instruments ( 901-920)
    Subchapter II.  Personal Property Secured Transactions
       ( 921-933)
         Part I.  General Provisions ( 921-927)
         Part II.  Nonjudicial Foreclosure ( 928-932)
         Part III.  Judicial Foreclosure ( 933)
    Chapter 10.  [Reserved]
    Chapter 11.  [Reserved]
     
    Title 34.  CONSUMER PROTECTION

    Title 35.  COPYRIGHTS, PATENTS, AND TRADEMARKS.

     
    Title 36.  CORPORATIONS AND BUSINESS ASSOCIATIONS
    Chapter 3.  Securities Regulation [RESERVED]
    Chapter 4.  Partnerships [RESERVED]
    Chapter 5.  Cooperative Associations [RESERVED]
    Chapter 7.  Nonprofit Associations [RESERVED]

    Title 37.  INSURANCE [Reserved]

    Title 38.  INTERNATIONAL TRADE
    Chapter 1.  General Provisions [RESERVED]
     
    Title 39.  POSTAL SYSTEM
     
    Title 40.  EDUCATION
    Subchapter I.  Trust Territory Educational System ( 101-118) [REPEALED]
    Subchapter II.  Federated States of Micronesia Educational System ( 121-128) [REPEALED]
    Subchapter I.  Teacher Certification ( 211-215) [REPEALED]
    Subchapter II.  Education Standards ( 221-222) [REPEALED]
    Subchapter III.  Special Education ( 231-237)
    Subchapter IV.  School Year and Attendance ( 241-242)[REPEALED]
    Subchapter V.  Nonpublic Schools ( 251-254) [REPEALED]
    Subchapter I.  Student Loan Fund ( 311-316) [REPEALED]
    Subchapter II.  General Assistance ( 321-323)
    Subchapter III.  Student Loan Revolving Fund ( 324-334)
    Subchapter IV.  Continental Airlines Scholarship Program
       ( 351)
    Subchapter V.  Fisheries and Maritime Training Programs
       ( 371)
     
    Title 41.  PUBLIC HEALTH, SAFETY, AND WELFARE
    Subchapter I.  Licensing ( 201-210)
    Subchapter II.  Training ( 213)
     
    Title 42.  ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
    Title 43.  CENSUS & STATISTICS
     
    Titles 44-49.  [Reserved]

    Title 50.  IMMIGRATION
     
    Title 51.  LABOR
    Subchapter I.  General Provisions ( 111-115)
    Subchapter II.  Application of Chapter ( 121-122)
    Subchapter III.  Hiring of Nonresident Workers ( 131-139)
    Subchapter IV.  Employment Status of Nonresident Workers
       ( 141-142)
    Subchapter V.  Administration of Chapter ( 151-155)
    Subchapter VI.  Enforcement of Chapter ( 161-169)

    Title 52.  PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT
                     Subchapter I.  General Provisions ( 111-119)
    Subchapter II.  Administration ( 121-124)
    Subchapter III.  Appointment and Promotion of Employees
       ( 131-138)
    Subchapter IV.  Employee Rights and Tenure in Employment
       ( 141-147)
    Subchapter V.  Disciplinary Action ( 151-157)
    Subchapter VI.  Compensation Plan ( 161-166).
    Subchapter VII.  Home Leave Transportation ( 167-170)
     
    Title 53.  SOCIAL SECURITY AND PRIOR SERVICE BENEFITS
    Subtitle I:  Trust Territory Social Security
    Subtitle II:  Federated States of Micronesia Social Security
     
    Title 54.  TAXATION AND CUSTOMS
    Subchapter I.  General Provisions ( 111-118)
    Subchapter II.  Taxation of Wages and Salaries: Taxes
        Applicable ( 121-124)
    Subchapter III.  Taxation of Wages and Salaries: Withholding
        and Reporting ( 131-139)
    Subchapter IV.  Taxation of Gross Revenues ( 141-144)
    Subchapter V.  Enforcement ( 151-157)
    Subchapter I.  General Provisions ( 211-213)
    Subchapter II.  Import Duties ( 221-227)
    Subchapter III.  Customs Procedures and Offenses
        ( 231-270)
    Chapter 3-7.  [RESERVED]

    Title 55.  GOVERNMENT FINANCE AND CONTRACTS
    Subchapter I.  Budget Procedures and Policies for Compact
        Funds ( 302-307)
    Subchapter II.  Financial Management of Compact Funds
        ( 308-320)
    Subchapter III.  Establishment of the Federated Development
        Authority ( 321-332)
    Subchapter IV.  General Provisions ( 333-344)
    Subchapter I.  Imprest Revolving Funds ( 601-607)
    Subchapter II.  Disaster Relief Fund ( 608-612)
    Subchapter III.  Maritime Operations Revolving Fund
        ( 613-617)
    Subchapter IV.  Supply Stock Revolving Fund ( 618-622)
    Subchapter V.  Bond Repayment Fund ( 623-629)
    Subchapter VI.  Fisheries Observer Revolving Fund
        ( 630-634)
    Subchapter VII.  Asian Development Bank Loan Fund
        ( 640-645)
    Subchapter VIII.  Controlled Substance Procurement
        Revolving Fund ( 650-654)
    Subchapter IX.  Aquaculture Revolving Fund ( 655-659)
    Subchapter X.  ADB Water Loan Fund ( 660-665)
    Subchapter I.  Code ( 901-902)
    Subchapter II.  First Supplement ( 903-904)
    Subchapter III.  Second Supplement ( 920-924)
    Subchapter I.  General Provisions ( 1111-1113)
    Subchapter II.  General Fund of the Congress of Micronesia
        ( 1121-1123)
    Subchapter III.  Department of Finance ( 1131-1137)

    Title 56.  GOVERNMENT PROPERTY ACQUISITION

    Title 57.  MONEY AND CURRENCY
    Title 58.  COMPACT FUNDS FINANCING
    Chapter 1.  [RESERVED]
    Chapter 2.  [RESERVED]
    Chapter 3.  [RESERVED]
    Chapter 4.  [RESERVED]
    Subchapter I.  General Provisions ( 511-514)
    Subchapter II.  Authorization ( 521-525)
    Subchapter III.  Issuance of Bonds ( 531-537)
    Subchapter IV.  Payment, Cancellation and Redemption of
        Bonds ( 541-545)
    Subchapter V.  FSM Fiscal Agents ( 551-555)
    Subchapter VI.  Legal Matters ( 561-564)