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Oregon Guide Advisory Committee to Meet February 9
For Immediate Release -2/2/12
The Oregon State Marine Board’s Guide Advisory Committee (GAC) will gather for their annual meeting on Thursday, February 9, in Portland. The meeting is concurrent with the Portland Sportsmen’s Show and will be from at 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. in Room 204, Hall D, of the Portland Expo Center. The public is welcome to attend and an opportunity for public comment will be provided at 9:45 a.m.
The Guide Advisory Committee is defined in statute to “provide advice to the board on various matters regarding the implementation” of outfitter & guide laws and rules. The committee was instrumental in developing a series of changes to the Marine Board’s outfitter & guide program. A series of rules were adopted in October 2011 that clarified the scope of Board authority to revoke and suspend guide and outfitter registrations, modified boat decals to simplify enforcement for legal areas of operation, established the “Guide Boatsman Trainee” designation to simplify compliance with whitewater requirements, and refined rules related to the Non-resident Hunt Tag Certification Program.
In addition to the rules, the GAC worked with Marine Board staff to develop an enforcement pilot project to help coordinate county and state law enforcement to address specific issues and areas of concern. 
The February 9 committee meeting will include a summary of the past year’s activities, enforcement actions, registration numbers, and potential legislative concepts for 2013. Topics for discussion include a proposed guide registration fee increase to $150 – the first increase since 1987; an increase to minimum liability insurance coverage – the first since 1984; a proposal to require motorboat certification or a Coast Guard license for guides operating motor boats; and modifications to the Guide Advisory Committee member selection criteria.
For questions about the meeting or agenda, please contact Policy Analyst Randy Henry at (503) 378-2611.