Boating safety education; must complete to operate motorboat or personal watercraft, civil penalty. (SB1241)

Introduced By

Sen. Steve Newman (R-Forest)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Boating Safety. Makes it a Class 4 misdemeanor for anyone to operate a motorboat on the waters of any inland lake wholly located in Virginia 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 a course or an equivalency exam. The Board of Game and Inland Fisheries 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 and possessing a valid license issued to maritime personnel. The bill also repeals the law that requires at least one game warden to patrol Smith Mountain Lake during the boating season. Persons participating in regattas, races, marine parades, tournaments or exhibitions approved by the Board of Game and Inland Fisheries or the U.S. Coast Guard are exempt from having to complete a boating safety course. Read the Bill »


03/21/2007: signed by governor


01/10/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/07 072519776
01/10/2007Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/18/2007Introduced bill reprinted 072519776
01/22/2007Impact statement from DPB (SB1241)
01/23/2007Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
01/24/2007Read second time
01/24/2007Reading of amendment waived
01/24/2007Committee amendment agreed to
01/24/2007Engrossed by Senate as amended SB1241E
01/24/2007Printed as engrossed 072519776-E
01/25/2007Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N)
01/25/2007Communicated to House
02/05/2007Placed on Calendar
02/05/2007Read first time
02/05/2007Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
02/06/2007Impact statement from DPB (SB1241E)
02/14/2007Committee substitute printed 072588776-H1
02/15/2007Read second time
02/16/2007Passed by for the day
02/19/2007Passed by for the day
02/20/2007Read third time
02/20/2007Committee substitute agreed to 072588776-H1
02/20/2007Amendment by Delegate Byron agreed to
02/20/2007Engrossed by House - committee substitute with amendment SB1241H1
02/20/2007Passed House with substitute with amendment (88-Y 11-N)
02/20/2007VOTE: PASSAGE (88-Y 11-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2007House substitute with amendment agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/22/2007VOTE: (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2007Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1241ER)
03/08/2007Signed by Speaker
03/11/2007Signed by President
03/21/2007Impact statement from DPB (SB1241ER)
03/21/2007G Approved by Governor-Chapter 732 (effective 7/1/07)
04/05/2007G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0732)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB1310.