Boating safety education; must complete to operate motorboat or personal watercraft, civil penalty. (HB1627)

Introduced By

Del. Kathy Byron (R-Lynchburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Mandatory boating safety education; civil penalty. Makes it $250 civil penalty for anyone to operate a motorboat without having successfully completed an approved boating safety education course. The education requirement is phased-in so that by July 1, 2016, all motorboat operators will have been required to complete and pass the course or an equivalency exam. The Board is directed to develop and administer the mandatory boating safety education program through the promulgation of regulations, taking into account comments from the public. There are a number of ways a person can comply with the law other than successfully completing an approved course, such as passing an equivalency examination, possessing a valid license issued to maritime personnel, etc. Read the Bill »


03/20/2007: signed by governor


09/27/2006Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/07 072503256
09/27/2006Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/15/2007Impact statement from DPB (HB1627)
01/25/2007Committee substitute printed 072571256-H1
01/25/2007Read first time
01/26/2007Read second time
01/26/2007Committee substitute agreed to 072571256-H1
01/26/2007Pending question ordered
01/26/2007Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1627H1
01/29/2007Read third time and passed House (90-Y 8-N)
01/29/2007VOTE: PASSAGE (90-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2007Communicated to Senate
01/30/2007Constitutional reading dispensed
01/30/2007Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/07/2007Impact statement from DPB (HB1627H1)
02/13/2007Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/13/2007VOTE: (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2007Read third time
02/14/2007Reading of amendments waived
02/14/2007Committee amendments agreed to
02/14/2007Passed by for the day
02/15/2007Read third time
02/15/2007Passed by for the day
02/16/2007Read third time
02/16/2007Passed by for the day
02/19/2007Passed by for the day
02/20/2007Read third time
02/20/2007Reading of amendment waived
02/20/2007Amendment by Senator Newman agreed to
02/20/2007Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/20/2007Passed Senate with amendments (40-Y 0-N)
02/20/2007VOTE: (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2007Placed on Calendar
02/22/2007Senate amendments agreed to by House (90-Y 8-N)
02/22/2007VOTE: ADOPTION (90-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2007Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1627ER)
03/08/2007Signed by Speaker
03/11/2007Signed by President
03/14/2007Impact statement from DPB (HB1627ER)
03/20/2007G Approved by Governor-Chapter 615 (effective 7/1/07)
04/05/2007G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0615)