senate Bill S1639

Signed by Governor Amended

Requires boating safety certificates of all persons operating a mechanically propelled vessel; repealer

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed by Governor
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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 21 / May / 2013
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.681
  • 22 / May / 2013
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 23 / May / 2013
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 10 / Jun / 2013
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING 1639A
  • 20 / Jun / 2013
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 20 / Jun / 2013
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 21 / Jun / 2013
    • REFERRED TO CODES
  • 21 / Jun / 2013
    • SUBSTITUTED FOR A3471A
  • 21 / Jun / 2013
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.252
  • 21 / Jun / 2013
    • PASSED ASSEMBLY
  • 21 / Jun / 2013
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 17 / Sep / 2013
    • DELIVERED TO GOVERNOR
  • 27 / Sep / 2013
    • SIGNED CHAP.361

Summary

Requires boating safety certificates of all persons operating a mechanically propelled vessel.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A3471
Versions:
S1639
S1639A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Law Section:
Navigation Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§49, 75, 78, 79 & 71-d, rpld §49 sub 3 ¶¶a - c, Nav L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S6633, A3550
2009-2010: A5889, S5752, S5752D, A5889, A5889E, S5752
2007-2008: A11284, A11284

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BILL NUMBER:S1639 REVISED MEMO 05/21/13

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the navigation law, in relation to
requiring all persons operating a mechanically propelled vessel to be
a holder of a boating safety certificate; and to repeal certain
provisions of such law relating thereto

PURPOSE:

The requirement of completing a boating safety course will be a
positive step to help decrease the amount of boating accidents and
deaths on our waterways caused by inexperienced and/or reckless
boaters.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

This bill would require that all boat operators on mechanically
propelled vessels who were born on or after January 1, 1995 must hold
a Boating Safety Certificate issued to him or her by the Commissioner.
The Commissioner may designate as his or her agent any person they
deemed qualified, including, but not limited to, certified instructors
of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, United States Power
Squadrons. Exempt from these requirements is any operator who is
accompanied by a person who is 18 years of age and who either holds a
Boating Safety Certificate or is not required to hold a Boating Safety
Certificate. Boat operators who are also owners of a recently
purchased vessel may operate the vessel for up to ninety (90) days
without a Boating Safety Certificate.

Section 71-d of the Navigation Law is also amended by adding a new
subdivision 1-a allowing a livery to lease, hire or rent a
mechanically propelled vessel, except a personal watercraft or
specialty prop craft, to a person who does not possess a Boating
Safety Certificate if the person is 18 years or older showing genuine
proof of identification, that the operator of the livery is the holder
of a Boating Safety Certificate, and provides instruction of boat
operation including a provision of maps.

JUSTIFICATION:

To ensure that all persons who operate a mechanically propelled vessel
understand the proper boating laws. Inexperienced and/or reckless
boaters cause a great deal of danger and property damage when they
irresponsibly drive at excessive speeds white not obeying navigation
laws or do not understand the laws. Many boaters have never taken a
boating safety course and while they-may think they are abiding by the
navigation laws, they put themselves, as well as others, in danger.
While the vast majority of boat operators may know every aspect of
navigation, there are many who do not realize the potential for damage
that can be caused with the slightest mistake while boating in a
heavily boated waterway and being unaware of the correct procedures.
This legislation enjoys broad support. For example, boating safety
experts and instructors such as the U.S. Power Squadrons, New Jersey
Maritime Association, and boating associations such as the Tug and
Barge Association support this legislation.


This legislation provides ninety days for new boat owners to obtain
the certificate and exempts liveries with certain requirements. This
legislation does not apply to canoes, kayaks or rowboats.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

S.6623 - 2012 - Transportation; Passed the Assembly S.5752-D 2009-10 -
Transportation; Passed the Assembly S.8073 2007-2008 - Referred to
Transportation

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect on the first of January next succeeding the
date on which it shall have become a law.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  1639

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. CARLUCCI -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation

AN ACT to amend the navigation law, in relation to requiring all persons
  operating a mechanically propelled vessel to be a holder of a  boating
  safety  certificate;  and  to  repeal  certain  provisions of such law
  relating thereto

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  Subdivision  1  of  section  49 of the navigation law, as
amended by chapter 805 of the laws  of  1992,  is  amended  to  read  as
follows:
  1.  No person [under the age of eighteen years] BORN ON OR AFTER JANU-
ARY FIRST, NINETEEN HUNDRED NINETY-FIVE  shall  operate  a  mechanically
propelled  vessel on the navigable waters of the state or any tidewaters
bordering on or lying within the boundaries of Nassau and Suffolk  coun-
ties, unless:
  a.  [the  operator  is accompanied therein by a person who is eighteen
years of age or older, or,
  b. the operator is ten years of age or older and is the  holder  of  a
boating safety certificate issued to him by the commissioner, the United
States  Power Squadrons or the United States coast guard auxiliary.] THE
OPERATOR IS AT LEAST TEN YEARS OLD AND IS THE HOLDER OF A BOATING SAFETY
CERTIFICATE ISSUED TO HIM OR HER BY THE COMMISSIONER, THE UNITED  STATES
POWER SQUADRONS OR THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD AUXILIARY; OR
  B. THE OPERATOR IS YOUNGER THAN EIGHTEEN YEARS OF AGE, AND IS ACCOMPA-
NIED  ON THE MECHANICALLY PROPELLED VESSEL BY AT LEAST ONE PERSON WHO IS
AT LEAST EIGHTEEN YEARS OF AGE AND IS
  (I) THE HOLDER OF A BOATING SAFETY CERTIFICATE ISSUED TO HIM OR HER BY
THE COMMISSIONER, THE UNITED STATES POWER SQUADRONS OR THE UNITED STATES
COAST GUARD AUXILIARY, OR

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04200-01-3

S. 1639                             2

  (II) NOT REQUIRED BY THIS SUBDIVISION TO HOLD A BOATING SAFETY CERTIF-
ICATE IN ORDER TO OPERATE A MECHANICALLY PROPELLED VESSEL; OR
  C.  THE  OPERATOR  IS  EIGHTEEN  YEARS  OF  AGE  OR OLDER, IS A PERSON
REQUIRED BY THIS SUBDIVISION TO HOLD A  BOATING  SAFETY  CERTIFICATE  IN
ORDER  TO OPERATE A MECHANICALLY PROPELLED VESSEL, AND IS ACCOMPANIED ON
THE MECHANICALLY PROPELLED VESSEL BY AT LEAST ONE PERSON WHO IS AT LEAST
EIGHTEEN YEARS OF AGE AND THE HOLDER OF A BOATING SAFETY CERTIFICATE; OR
  D. THE OPERATOR IS THE OWNER OF A RECENTLY PURCHASED  VESSEL  AND  MAY
OPERATE  SUCH  VESSEL  WITHOUT  THE  OTHERWISE  REQUIRED  BOATING SAFETY
CERTIFICATE FOR A PERIOD OF TIME NOT TO EXCEED NINETY DAYS FROM THE DATE
OF PURCHASE.
  THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SUBDIVISION SHALL NOT APPLY TO PERSONS WHO ARE:
CERTIFIED BY THE COMMISSIONER AS BOATING SAFETY INSTRUCTORS; MEMBERS  OF
THE  UNITED  STATES  POWER SQUADRONS; MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES COAST
GUARD AUXILIARY; HOLDERS OF PUBLIC VESSEL LICENSES PURSUANT  TO  SECTION
SIXTY-FOUR  OF  THIS  ARTICLE;  POLICE  OFFICERS,  PEACE  OFFICERS, FIRE
PERSONNEL, RESCUE PERSONNEL OR  LIFEGUARDS,  WHEN  ANY  SUCH  PERSON  IS
ACTING  PURSUANT  TO  ASSIGNED DUTIES; OR LICENSED TO OPERATE VESSELS BY
THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD OR THE CANADIAN COAST GUARD.  THE  COMMIS-
SIONER,  BY  RULE  OR REGULATION, MAY PROVIDE FOR THE EXEMPTION OF ADDI-
TIONAL PERSONS NOT LISTED IN THIS PARAGRAPH  FROM  THE  REQUIREMENTS  OF
THIS SECTION.
  S  2.    Paragraphs  a, b, and c of subdivision 3 of section 49 of the
navigation law are REPEALED and four new paragraphs a, b, c  and  d  are
added to read as follows:
  A.  THE  OPERATOR IS BORN ON OR BEFORE DECEMBER THIRTY-FIRST, NINETEEN
HUNDRED NINETY-FOUR; OR,
  B. THE OPERATOR IS BORN ON OR AFTER JANUARY  FIRST,  NINETEEN  HUNDRED
NINETY-FIVE, IS AT LEAST TEN YEARS OF AGE AND IS THE HOLDER OF A BOATING
SAFETY  CERTIFICATE ISSUED TO HIM OR HER BY THE COMMISSIONER, THE UNITED
STATES POWER SQUADRONS OR THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD AUXILIARY, OR
  C. THE OPERATOR IS YOUNGER THAN EIGHTEEN YEARS OF AGE, AND IS ACCOMPA-
NIED ON THE MECHANICALLY PROPELLED VESSEL BY AT LEAST ONE  PERSON  EIGH-
TEEN YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER AND IS:
  (I) THE HOLDER OF A BOATING SAFETY CERTIFICATE ISSUED TO HIM OR HER BY
THE COMMISSIONER, THE UNITED STATES POWER SQUADRONS OR THE UNITED STATES
COAST GUARD AUXILIARY, OR
  (II) NOT REQUIRED BY SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION TO HOLD A BOATING
SAFETY  CERTIFICATE IN ORDER TO OPERATE A MECHANICALLY PROPELLED VESSEL;
OR
  D. THE OPERATOR IS EIGHTEEN  YEARS  OF  AGE  OR  OLDER,  IS  A  PERSON
REQUIRED  BY  SUBDIVISION  ONE  OF THIS SECTION TO HOLD A BOATING SAFETY
CERTIFICATE IN ORDER TO OPERATE A MECHANICALLY PROPELLED VESSEL, AND  IS
ACCOMPANIED BY A PERSON WHO IS AT LEAST EIGHTEEN YEARS OF AGE AND IS THE
HOLDER OF A BOATING SAFETY CERTIFICATE.
  S  3.  Section  75 of the navigation law, as amended by chapter 138 of
the laws of 1998, is amended to read as follows:
  S 75. Educational program. In order to protect the public interest  in
the prudent and equitable use of the waters of the state and enhance the
enjoyment of pleasure boating and other sports thereon, the commissioner
shall  initiate  and put into effect a comprehensive educational program
designed to advance boating safety [including], WHICH PROVIDES  FOR  the
training  of  [youthful]  ALL  boat  operators  [and  an adult education
program for] IN the safe operation of vessels including personal  water-
craft and specialty prop-craft.

S. 1639                             3

  S  4. Subdivision 1 of section 78 of the navigation law, as amended by
chapter 138 of the laws of 1998, is amended to read as follows:
  1. "Boating safety certificate" shall mean a certificate issued by the
commissioner   evidencing  that  the  holder  thereof  has  successfully
completed a course of instruction in boating safety  as  [herein  after]
provided IN THIS SECTION.  The commissioner shall put into effect a plan
for  the  training  of [youthful] ALL boat operators and the issuance of
such boating safety certificates.  For the purposes of this section, the
term "boating safety" shall include instruction in the safe operation of
personal watercraft and specialty prop-craft.
  S 5. Section 79 of the navigation law, as amended by  chapter  169  of
the laws of 2004, is amended to read as follows:
  S 79.  Courses  of instruction. For the purpose of giving such courses
of instruction and  awarding  boating  safety  certificates,  [including
those  issued  to  adults  for  the  safe operation of vessels including
personal watercraft or specialty prop-craft] the commissioner may desig-
nate as his or her agent any person the commissioner deems qualified  to
act  in such capacity, including, but not limited to, certified instruc-
tors of the United States coast guard  auxiliary,  United  States  power
squadrons,  American  power boat association, boy scouts of America, Red
Cross and other organizations. No charge whatsoever shall be made to any
person less than eighteen years of age for the  issuance  of  a  boating
safety  certificate.  Persons  less  than  eighteen  years of age may be
charged a fee for instruction in boating safety, except that the  office
may  not  charge  a  fee when providing such instruction to persons less
than eighteen years of age.
  S 6. Section 71-d of the navigation law is amended  by  adding  a  new
subdivision 1-a to read as follows:
  1-A.  NOTWITHSTANDING  SUBDIVISION  ONE  OF SECTION FORTY-NINE OF THIS
ARTICLE, A LIVERY MAY LEASE,  HIRE  OR  RENT  A  MECHANICALLY  PROPELLED
VESSEL,  EXCEPT  A  PERSONAL  WATER  CRAFT OR SPECIALTY PROP CRAFT, TO A
PERSON WHO IS NOT THE HOLDER OF A BOATING SAFETY CERTIFICATE IF:
  (A) THE PERSON IS EIGHTEEN YEARS OR OLDER;
  (B) THE OPERATOR OF SUCH LIVERY OR HIS OR HER DESIGNATED AGENT, IS THE
HOLDER OF A BOATING SAFETY CERTIFICATE, AND PRIOR TO PERMITTING THE  USE
BY SUCH PERSON OF THE VESSEL EXPLAINS AND DEMONSTRATES TO SUCH PERSON BY
VIDEO OR ACTUAL IN WATER DEMONSTRATION THE OPERATION OF SUCH VESSEL, AND
THE USE AND LOCATION OF SUCH VESSEL'S SAFETY EQUIPMENT;
  (C)  SUCH  PERSON,  AFTER  RECEIVING THE EXPLANATION AND DEMONSTRATION
REQUIRED PURSUANT TO PARAGRAPH (B) OF THIS SUBDIVISION, DEMONSTRATES  TO
THE LIVERY OPERATOR OR THE LIVERY OPERATOR'S DESIGNATED AGENT THE ABILI-
TY TO OPERATE SUCH VESSEL AND USE THE APPLICABLE SAFETY EQUIPMENT;
  (D)  THE LIVERY OPERATOR PROVIDES A MAP AND/OR NAVIGATIONAL CHARTS FOR
THE LOCAL AREA;
  (E) SUCH PERSON PRESENTS GENUINE PROOF OF IDENTIFICATION  AND  AGE  TO
THE LIVERY OPERATOR;
  (F)  THE LIVERY OPERATOR OR THE LIVERY OPERATOR'S DESIGNATED AGENT, AT
THE TIME OF THE LEASING, HIRING, OR RENTING, RECORDS THE NAME,  ADDRESS,
AND  AGE  OF THE OPERATOR OF THE LEASED, HIRED OR RENTED VESSEL, AND THE
MODEL, YEAR, NAME OF MANUFACTURER, AND THE STATE REGISTRATION OR FEDERAL
DOCUMENTATION NUMBERS OF THE  LEASED,  HIRED,  OR  RENTED  VESSEL.  SUCH
RECORDS SHALL BE MAINTAINED FOR A PERIOD OF NOT LESS THAN ONE YEAR; AND
  (G) THE VESSEL IS NOT LEASED, HIRED OR RENTED TO THE SAME PERSON FOR A
PERIOD EXCEEDING SIXTY DAYS.
  S  7. This act shall take effect on the first of January next succeed-
ing the date on which it shall have become a law.

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