Boating safety education; must complete to operate motorboat or personal watercraft, penalty. (HB2374)

Introduced By

Del. Allen Dudley (R-Rocky Mount)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Mandatory boating safety education; penalty. Makes it a Class 4 misdemeanor 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 »


Bill Has Failed


01/09/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/07 073402298
01/09/2007Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/19/2007Impact statement from DPB (HB2374)
01/23/2007Assigned ACNRsub: Natural Resources (Ware, R.L.)