Boating safety course; must complete to operate motorboat or personal wathercraft, penalty. (HB872)

Introduced By

Del. Kathy Byron (R-Lynchburg) with support from co-patrons Del. Ben Cline (R-Amherst), Del. Allen Dudley (R-Rocky Mount), and Del. Shannon Valentine (D-Lynchburg)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

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, 2015, 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 »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
01/10/2006Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/06 067208256
01/10/2006Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/17/2006Introduced bill reprinted 067208256
01/25/2006Tabled in Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/25/2006Fiscal impact statement from DPB (HB872)
02/08/2006Reconsidered by Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
02/08/2006Continued to 2007 in Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
12/08/2006Left in Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources

Comments

Melissa Smith writes:

I own a pwc and feel that this could be down on a website. The problem is people dring while boating regardless if they have completed a course. Ride around on Lake Anna some Sunday after the "churchgoers" have hit the water. That's when I leave.

The bill should be an all age pass including children.