Boating Industry: New Boating Regulations In CA, CT & IL

Weekly-5-12302014

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Connecticut considers new boating regs

A group of Connecticut lawmakers is studying how to toughen the state’s boating laws after a teen was killed in a tubing accident earlier this year, the Associated Press reported.

Greenwich Selectman Drew Marzullo, a paramedic who responded to the boating accident that killed Emily Fedorko, sent legislators a letter urging them to tighten boating laws laws. Fedorko was struck by the propeller of a boat that had been towing her. Authorities said the 16-year-old girl driving the boat was licensed.

New boating, fishing rules take effect in California for 2015

Boaters and fishermen in California will start feeling the effects of several new rules this week.

Most notable is a state law requiring operators of powerboats to pass a boating education course. While it becomes law January 1, the state has until 2018 to fully develop the course, and then phase in the education requirements over the next eight years.

Other changes include new rules regulating bait sales and the reclassifying of minor boating violations to infractions from misdemeanors.

Illinois boating safety rules become law

Two new laws aimed at improving safety on the water are also taking effect in Illinois.

Under the new laws, boats towing someone will be required to display an orange flag. A separate law also allows police to seize the craft of an intoxicated boater.

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