Boating Regulation: Sunset/Enforcement
|Signed Into Law! Chapter 31 SLA 12|
Sponsored by Rep. Alan Austerman
Co-Sponsors: Rep. Chenault, Sen. Gardner, Rep. Wilson, Rep. Foster, Rep. Joule, Rep. Edgmon, Rep. Kerttula, Rep. Olson, Rep. Herron, Rep. Wilson, Rep. Neuman, Rep. Costello, Rep. Holmes, Rep. Keller, Rep. Feige, Rep. Muñoz, Rep. Johnson, Rep. Millett, Rep. Johansen, Rep. Tuck, Sen. Hoffman, Sen. Stedman, Sen. Egan, Sen. Menard, Rep. Olson, Sen. Wagoner, Sen. Dyson, Sen. Stevens, Sen. Meyer
“An Act relating to enforcement of boating safety statutes; amending the termination date of certain statutes relating to the use, operation, and regulation of boats, a uniform state waterway marking system, and civil liability for boat owners; providing for an effective date by amending the effective date of secs. 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 20, 23, 26, and 27, ch. 28, SLA 2000, as amended; and providing for an effective date.”
Posted: January 31, 2012 : v27-LS1152-A
House Bill 301 repeals the sunset dates of the Statewide Boating Safety and Education Program. Through this program the State of Alaska works in close cooperation with the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, and other partners to provide national award winning programs such as the popular Kids Don't Float life jacket loaner program, nationally approved boating courses, instructor training, video production, and numerous publications and instructor tools. Alaska's non-commercial boating fatalities have dropped more than 20% since state efforts began, and at least 19 Alaskan children are alive today thanks to a Kids Don't Float life jacket. The program has been repeatedly recognized for excellence, including the U.S. Coast Guard's Meritorious Public Service Award.
The 21st Legislature originally added two 'sunset' provisions to repeal the Alaska Boating Safety Act in the event the state did not receive the anticipated federal funds. The first sunset would take effect and the Boating Safety program would terminate if federal funds were not appropriated. The second sunset terminated the program by date, currently July 1, 2013.
The program's efforts have proved to significantly reduce Alaska's boating fatality rate and the sunset provisions of the Alaska Boating Safety Act should be repealed on the merit of its success.
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