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OSMB Interested Parties

Would you like to be included in the agency's rulemaking process?

To receive Oregon State Marine Board Rule Notifications by postal mail, send us your name and mailing address in writing to:  
Oregon State Marine Board Attn: Rules Coordinator, June LeTarte 435 Commercial Street NE, Suite #400 P.O. Box 14145 Salem, OR 97309-5056  
To receive notification by email, send your name and email address to: june.letarte@state.or.us 
Thank you for your interest and involvement in the rulemaking process and helping keep boating safe, clean and fun for everyone.

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Petition Procedures

Any interested person can request that the Marine Board adopt, amend, or repeal a boating regulation through a petition. To be considered, petitions include the following:
(1) Name and address of petitioner(s)
(2) Names and addresses of other interested parties
(3) The proposed language in full (for new rules) or the existing rule language in full with proposed additions and deletions clearly indicated (for rule amendments).
(4) An explanation of the petition that includes facts or arguments in sufficient detail to show the reasons for and effects of adoption, amendment or repeal of the rule.
(5) If the petition requests the amendment or repeal of an existing rule, the petition must also contain comments on:
(a) Options for achieving the existing rule's substantive goals while reducing the negative economic impact on businesses;
(b) The continued need for the existing rule;
(c) The complexity of the existing rule;
(d) The extent to which the existing rule overlaps, duplicates, or conflicts with other state or federal rules and with local government regulations; and
(e) The degree to which technology, economic conditions, or other factors have changed in the subject area affected by the existing rule, since the agency adopted the rule
Petitions not complying with these requirements may be returned by the director.

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Notice of Rulemaking & Public Hearings

Outfitter & Guide Rules Public Hearings
Review and update the Outfitter and Guide rules. Reviewing "repeated" and "serious" definitions in regards to certain violations for which OSMB has discretion to suspend, revoke, deny or restrict licensing of an outfitter and guide. Considering modification of the definition of "drop camp" to include fishing activities, and allowing non-boating guide registrations to be valid from date of issue, not just calendar year. Would add ORS 163 and 165 to list of statutes for which OSMB may sanction outfitters and guides.  Written comments will be taken until 5:00 pm on April 30, 2015. Staff will ask the Board to adopt rulemaking at their June 24th meeting. 
​Public Meetings ​Sunday, March 8, 2015
6:30 pm

Sunday, March 15, 2015
6:30 pm

Sunday, March 29, 2015
6:30 pm

Jackson County Sheriff's Office
620 Antelope Rd.
White City, OR

Columbia County Sheriff's Office
901 Port Ave
St Helens, OR  

Lane County Fire Authority
88050 Territorial Hwy
Veneta, OR  

​Notice Proposed Language 
​​​​Visual Distress Signals OAR 250-010-0164 ​ ​
​​This rule will establish a requirement for boats operating in coastal waters to carry US Coast Guard approved visual distress signals including in those waters directly connected to the ocean up to a point where the waterway is less than two nautical miles wide.
The period for written comments is now closed. Staff will ask the Board to adopt rulemaking at their April 22 meeting.
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​Notice ​Proposed Language​
​​​ ​​ ​Slow-No Wake
​​​This rulemaking will add a definition of the term "slow-no wake" in the definitions applicable to OAR Chapter 250 and amend the basic rule for slow-no wake to remove the words, "maximum 5 mph." In addition, the local and special area rules that use the term "slow-no wake" will be amended to remove the reference to 5 mph in relation to slow-no-wake speed.​ The hearing for this proposed rulemaking will be April 21, 2015.  Written comments on the proposed language will be accepted until April 21, 2015 at the close of the hearing. 
​Public Hearing​​ ​Tuesday, April 21, 2015
6:00 pm
​Oregon State Marine Board
435 Commercial St NE #400
Salem, OR 
​Notice  ​Proposed Language 
​​​​Waterway Markers ​​ ​
These rules describe the characteristics and standards for regulatory and informational waterway markers (buoys and signs) used on the waters of this state that convey official messages to boat operators. In addition, the rules establish procedures for public bodies and individuals to apply for a permit to place approved waterway markers of their own (those markers not placed by the US Coast Guard or the Oregon State Marine Board). The hearing for this proposed rulemaking will be April 21, 2015.  Written comments on the proposed language will be accepted until April 21, 2015 at the close of the hearing. 
​Public Hearing ​Tuesday, April 21, 2015
6:00 pm
Oregon State Marine Board
435 Commercial St NE #400
Salem, OR ​
​Notice  ​Proposed Language 

Written comments can be submitted via email to osmb.rulemaking@state.or.us or by U.S. mail to June LeTarte, Rules Coordinator, 435 Commercial Street NE, Suite 400, P.O. Box 14145, Salem, OR 97309-5056.  Comments via telephone cannot be accepted.

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Temporary Rules

​Dexter Reservoir Temporary Slow-No Wake Rule
This temporary rule adopts a Slow-No Wake zone on Dexter Dam Reservoir from the Covered Bridge to the West shoreline.  The temporary rule is effective on April 11, 2015 and for the weekend of April 18-19, 2015 for the scheduled rowing events.
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