OLR Bill Analysis

HB 5811 (as amended by House "A")*

AN ACT CONCERNING THE OPERATION OF VESSELS WITH ELECTRIC MOTORS ON INLAND WATERS OF THE STATE.

SUMMARY:

This bill allows people, in certain circumstances, to operate electric motor boats without having a safe boating certificate from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection or a valid operator license from the U.S. Coast Guard. It applies to a person who operates a boat between one hour before sunrise and one hour after sunset with an electric motor that is rated at 106 pounds of thrust or less on inland Connecticut waters where motor boats exceeding 10 horsepower are prohibited.

Under the bill, those same people can allow a child younger than 16 years old to operate the electric motor boat without a safe boating certificate. Under current law, boat owners cannot knowingly allow a child to operate a boat unless the child has a safe boating certificate or is being supervised by a person age 18 or older who has a safe boating certificate.

*House Amendment “A” adds the limitations that (1) a person must operate the boat between one hour before sunrise and one hour after sunset and (2) the electric motor must be rated at 106 pounds of thrust or less.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2013

COMMITTEE ACTION

Environment Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

28

Nay

0

(03/18/2013)