After Fight, Boaters Get Reprieve With California Legislature


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After Fight, Boaters Get Reprieve With California Legislature

SACRAMENTO, Calif., September 17, 2013 – Last week, the national boaters’ advocate, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), and the state boaters’ watchdog group, Recreational Boaters of California (RBOC), reached out to Golden State boat owners to advise them of pending legislation, SB 436, that would have siphoned funds from the Harbor and Watercraft Revolving Fund for non-boating purposes. Monies for the fund come from boat registration fees, boat fuel taxes and other funds paid by recreational boaters – not taxpayers – and help pay for boating safety and invasive species prevention programs, docks, boat ramps and vessel sewage pumpouts throughout the state.

California Senate Bill 436 was passed Friday, September 13by the state legislature. However, the section of the bill that would have opened up the Fund to non-boating purposes was dropped at the last minute as a result…

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