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Legislative Concepts

The Process


During even-numbered years, Marine Board staff propose legislative concepts to its five-member Board based on feedback from stakeholders, and partners, to improve recreational boating laws and services.  Legislative concepts approved by the Marine Board are submitted to the Department of Administrative Services (DAS).  After review from DAS, legislative concepts are forwarded to the Governor's Office for consideration.  If legislative concepts are approved by the Governor's Office, they move to Legislative Counsel to be drafted into bills.  The Marine Board and the Governor give a final review after the bills are drafted to determine what moves forward for legislative consideration.

 

The agency will also meet with stakeholders, by hosting open houses around the state to gather feedback on the concepts.   

 

The following are the concepts the agency has asked the Board and Governor to consider:


Waterway Access Account: Creates a dedicated account to increase waterway access to all of Oregon’s waterways. The permit that funds this account would be required on all boats 10’ and over except motorboats and sailboats with valid registration decals. This is identical to the current requirement for non-motorized boats to carry the Aquatic Invasive Species Permit (AIS permit), and in this concept, the Waterway Access Permit would replace the AIS permit for non-motorized boats. Permits would be transferable to other non-motorized boats and children under 14 would not need a permit. Revenue will be used to support boating facility grants for state, local governments, park organizations and tribal governments for the acquisition of property, leases, or easements in order for the public to access waterways and construction and maintenance of boating access facilities.  Funds would also be available for public bodies and non-profit entities to develop safety education courses and to purchase boating equipment to reduce barriers for underserved communities who wish to recreate on Oregon’s waterways.

Floating Properties: Updates the definitions of “floating home” and “boathouse” and add a definition of “floating property” to include structures such as floating home, recreational cabin, floating restaurants, floating combination property.

Aquatic Invasive Species: Gives law enforcement the authority to require drivers who by-pass an open inspection station to return to the station for inspection/decontamination. Requires boaters to “pull the plug” after retrieving their boat and before transporting the boat over land.

Livery Program: Requires boat liveries (boat rental businesses) to register with the Marine Board. Businesses will provide basic information about the business and types of boats they rent. The information will be used for outreach and education in an effort to reduce accidents and fatalities.  Failure to register would be a Class B violation ($265).

Outfitter/ Guide/ Charter Boat Program Updates: Creates a crew member designation for deckhands and helpers (for fishing guides/ charters) at a reduced fee ($25 annually vs. current $150 for anyone who assists with fishing). This concept also changes the registration cycle from one year to two years.  Restructures the Charter program to include outfitter guide registrations for the operators.  Establishes $10,000 bond requirement for all hunting guides.

Boater Education Card:  Requires all people to complete an approved boating safety course as defined in ORS 830.084 prior to operating a boat with a motor greater than 10 hp and remove the 60-day exemption for people who purchase a new or used boat.  Out-of-state visitors would be required to complete the level of education required in their home state of registration.  Additionally, commercial fishing licenses would no longer be an exemption from the boater education requirements when operating recreationally.

Boating Safety Laws: Enables courts and the Marine Board to suspend the Boater Education Card for convictions for BUII for one to three years and enables suspension of the boater education card for one year for a conviction of reckless boating.  Updates the language for reckless boating to the standard used in the motor vehicle code.  Changes fine for not carrying a life jacket from a B violation ($265) to a D violation ($115).

Boating Related Services, Program Fees Registration fees would increase from $4.50 per foot to $5.95 per foot, a 33% increase (or $1.45 per foot). The fee increase would be implemented in 2020, or five years since last fee increase (2015). New title and title transfer fees would increase from $50 to $75.  Increases fees for boater education card from $10 to $20 and a replacement boater education card from $8 to $16.  These fees have remained the same for nearly two decades. 

 

Senate Chamber in the Oregon State Capitol 

Legislative Concept One-Pagers










Scheduled Open Houses

DATE: July 10, 2018
TIME: 7 pm - 8 pm
LOCATION: Jackson County Parks Auditorium Room, 7520 Table Rock Rd., Central Point, OR  
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DATE: September 19, 2018
TIME: 7 pm 
LOCATION: Marine Board Office, 435 Commercial St., NE., Salem, OR
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DATE: October 16, 2018
TIME: 7 pm 
LOCATION: Eagle Crest Resort, 1522 Cline Falls Rd, Redmond, OR 97756 
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DATE: October 22, 2018
TIME: 6:30 - 8 pm 
LOCATION: Southwestern Oregon Community College, Empire Hall -Lakeview E & F
1988 Newmark Ave, Coos Bay, OR 97420


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