Federal Boating Issues
Since its founding in 1966, BoatUS has been the voice of recreational boat owners on Capitol Hill and before the federal agencies in Washington. With the strength of over half a million members behind us, our mission has been to fight unfair federal taxes, fees and regulations that single out boat owners and to work with state agencies to promote boating laws that make sense. Here is a list of current federal boating issues:
Florida Vessel Safety Inspection:Beginning July 1, 2016, boats boarded by Florida state and local marine law enforcement and successfully passing a safety inspection will be issued an inspection decal. The decals, which currently have no expiration date, can only be issued to vessels that are on the water at the time of inspection. Click here for more information on this new FL law.
BoatUS Supports New RFS/E15 Fix:Bipartisan legislation introduced by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) would help ensure recreational boaters don’t put unsafe fuel in their boats. BoatUS is urging all boaters to contact their US Representative asking they support H.R. 704 - The Renewable Fuel Standard Reform Act of 2015. Read more about RFS/E15
Sport Fish Restoration & Boating Trust Fund Reauthorization:The Trust Fund serves as the backbone of boating safety, infrastructure, clean water and fisheries conservation funding in the United States. Congress reauthorization this critical "User Pays-Public Benefits" program in 2015. Click here to learn more.
- BoatUS comments to the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation regarding the future of Federal aids to navigation. Read More
- Reports of United States and Canadian recreational boats being placed under "precautionary seizure" by an agency of the Mexican Government. Read More
- The Army Corps of Engineers study on prevention of the spread of aquatic nuisances species. Information and Public Meeting Schedule
Unintended Consequences - The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS):President Margaret Podlich submits Testimony to the U.S. House Oversight Committee on the need for reforms and the dangers of E15 in marine engines. Read More
- Sequestration could cause the loss of access to $43 million of boating trust fund dollars. Read More
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