OLR Bill Analysis

sHB 5259 (as amended by House “A”)*

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

SUMMARY:

This bill expands boaters' responsibility for inspecting their boats and boat trailers before transporting them in Connecticut. Current law requires them to inspect for and properly remove and dispose of any vegetation and subjects violators to a fine of up to $ 100 for each violation. The bill requires them 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. As under current law, violators are subject to a fine of up to $ 100 for each violation.

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.

*House Amendment “A” applies the fine to all individuals who commit a violation, instead of only those who do so knowingly, as under the underlying bill.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2012

COMMITTEE ACTION

Environment Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

29

Nay

0

(03/14/2012)