OLR Bill Analysis

sHB 5259

AN ACT REQUIRING THE INSPECTION OF VESSELS AND VESSEL TRAILERS FOR AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES.

SUMMARY:

This bill expands a boater's responsibility for inspecting his or her boat and boat trailer before transporting them in Connecticut. Current law requires the boater to inspect for and properly remove and dispose of any vegetation. The bill requires a boater to inspect for vegetation and aquatic invasive species, as determined by the energy and environmental protection commissioner, and properly remove and dispose of what is visible and identifiable without optical magnification.

Under current law, a boater who does not properly inspect for and dispose of vegetation is subject to a fine of up to $ 100 for each violation. Under the bill, the fine applies to someone who knowingly fails to properly inspect for and dispose of vegetation and aquatic invasive species.

The bill requires Department of Energy and Environmental Protection-approved safe boating courses to instruct boaters on how to properly inspect boats and trailers for aquatic invasive species and dispose of them. By law, the courses must already instruct boaters on how to properly inspect for and dispose of vegetation.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2012

COMMITTEE ACTION

Environment Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

29

Nay

0

(03/14/2012)