After nearly five years of working with external advisory committees, the Marine Board drafted two legislative concepts for the 2017 session that were submitted and accepted by the Governor's Office in November, 2016. On December 19, 2016, the concepts were assigned bill numbers:
HB 2320 (Nonmotorized Boating Program):
- The 2015 Legislature added a budget note requesting the agency bring forward plans for a non-motorized program for the 2017 legislative session.
- A Nonmotorized External Advisory Committee recommended to the Board a proposal to create a fee-based, nonmotorized boating program with dedicated funding to pay for non-motorized boating access, increased law enforcement and voluntary education. This would be a permit program, combined with the aquatic invasive species permit (one permit). This bill also defines "nonmotorized craft" as an object, not propelled by machinery or defined as a boat, capable of supporting a person in the water and requires life jacket wear when operated on rivers or streams as designated by the Board. Operators of "nonmotorized craft" would not be required to purchase a permit.
|Hearing took place on March 1, 2017 at 8 am in HR D, House Committee on Transportation Policy
||Next step: Committee Worksession|
HB 2321 (Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Program Update)
With the help of marine law enforcement, the Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Oregon Invasive Species Council and the Oregon State Police, a legislative concept was drafted that removes loopholes in the existing law, that would help better protect our waterways from aquatic invaders. This concept gives authority to law enforcement to require drivers who fail to stop at an inspection station, to return to the station for inspection and decontamination (if needed) if they are within five miles of a station. The law also requires boaters to remove their drain plug and open other areas (bailers, valves or other devices used to control the draining of water from ballast tanks, bilges, livewells and motorwells) where water can gather, so areas can drain during transport after leaving a waterbody. This concept would also remove the exemption for boats under 10 feet, requiring all boats of any length to carry an aquatic invasive species permit. Permits will be required for youth 14 and older.
|Hearing held on February 2, 2017 at 8 am in HR D, House Ag & Natural Resources
||The hearing was cut short due to time, so no constituents were able to testify. Rep. Sprenger wants to work with the Director on a different approach to the penalty for boats that bypass and refuse to return to inspection station. Other concerns were mentioned regarding the 10' and under exemption and the language pertaining to Section 2, "...a person shall drain all standing water within the boat..." The bill hearing will be continued.|
HB 5022 -Agency Budget
|Hearing held on February 23, 2017 at 1 pm in HR 174, Joint Committee on Ways and Means subcommittee on Natural Resources.
||Presentation given by Director Brewen and Business Services Manager, Chris Grorud. DAS presentation given by LFO.|