DeSaulnier’s Boating Education Legislation Headed to Governor Brown’s Desk

August 24, 2014 · 31 comments

A measure to require boaters to pass a boating education examination and obtain a vessel operator card in order to operate a motorized boat in California is on its way to Governor Brown’s desk. Senate Bill 941, joint authored by Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) and Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord), passed off of the Senate Floor earlier this week.

“This legislation is needed to enhance public safety on the state’s waterways and minimize the loss of life, personal injury, and property damage,” said Senator Monning. “Requiring first time boaters to pass a safety exam will save lives and decrease the number of boating accidents in California.”

“California cannot afford to remain behind the rest of the nation when it comes to boater safety,” Senator DeSaulnier said. “Legislation similar to SB 941 has proven to save lives in other states. Increasing safety standards will allow Californians to enjoy our incredible waterways with a greater peace of mind.”

SB 941 will require the Division of Boating and Waterways to develop a vessel operator card and issue it to individuals who provide proof that they have passed an approved examination. Beginning on January 1, 2018, the requirement to possess a Division vessel operator card will apply to operators 20 years of age or younger, with a staggered implementation date thereafter, depending on the age of the individual, until it eventually applies to everyone in 2025.

California is one of only five states that do not require individuals to take a boating safety course before operating a vessel. Senator Monning and Senator DeSaulnier introduced the legislation after hearing from constituents who have been involved in accidents with unsafe boaters that did not have the proper knowledge to operate a vessel.

1 et-al August 24, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Nothing but another democrat revenue generator.
LEAVE US ALONE!

2 funny man August 24, 2014 at 1:14 PM

upboats for this post!

3 anon August 24, 2014 at 1:15 PM

All the bad things happening in the state and he worries about boats and boaters!! Gangs must just love guys like him!!!

4 Marks August 24, 2014 at 1:21 PM

going to be the next US Rep, replacing Geo. Miller.

You think he’s a pain here, wait till he gets to DC. You’ll have to take a course and pass a test to tie your own shoes.

5 JoMama August 24, 2014 at 1:25 PM

DeSaulnier was a nanny in his previous life.

6 Smoke & Mirrors August 24, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Anything to avoid dealing with the real problems…

7 WC August 24, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Next Up, a pedestrian permit. You need to take safety classes to obtain a pedestrian permit. I’ve created the language from Mark’s garbage above.

“This legislation is needed to enhance public safety on the state’s sidewalks and street crossings and minimize the loss of life, personal injury” said Senator ‘insert useless name’ “Requiring first time pedestrians to pass a safety exam will save lives and decrease the number of pedestrian accidents in California.”

8 @et al, #1-----and yet, you're probably one who complains about unlicensed auto drivers August 24, 2014 at 1:39 PM

you’d rather have unsafe boat drivers? Get your head out of those areas where the sun never shines and think instead of public safety, instead of your own misguided political thinking.

9 waverunner August 24, 2014 at 1:54 PM

It’s about time. It’s ridiculous that people can purchase a boat worth thousands of dollars and not know water safety. It’s like getting into a vehicle and not knowing the rules of the road. Too many boating accidents happen with ignorant drivers, especially when towing skiers.

10 Michelle(original) August 24, 2014 at 1:59 PM

First time boater..years ago when I first learned how to boat, it was just about turning on the engine, getting behind the wheel and using common sense. What’s going on with people these days, that laws like these are even considered.

11 ? August 24, 2014 at 2:15 PM

All of this crap, but he won’t do anything to take uninsured, unlicensed drivers off the road.

What are we going to have to do, sue the city every time one of us get hit by an illegal with no license or insurance?

12 Anonymous August 24, 2014 at 2:58 PM

Took awhile for Desaulniers interns to post.

13 anon August 24, 2014 at 3:04 PM

how ’bout education on how to cross a road safely or
how to determine which lane is the slow lane and which is the passing lane or
how not to drive like a demon jerk.

14 @ Michelle(original), #10----in your question, substitute car for boat and you have your answer August 24, 2014 at 3:05 PM

First off, perhaps you didn’t know “common sense” isn’t common, but with the increasing numbers of both car and boat drivers, there has to be a set of rules for all to follow, because some will consider their “common sense” different from someone else’s common sense. In boating, some will think it OK to pass on the left, others think it OK on the right. Are you seeing the picture now?

15 Anon August 24, 2014 at 3:41 PM

More tax and spend from the Democrats.

16 La masa August 24, 2014 at 3:58 PM

Buy in to his BS. Most electives offiicals are voted in for short term positions.They have short term adgendandas.

17 et-al August 24, 2014 at 4:14 PM

@ #8 –
Yeah, I’m one of those rare people gifted with a sense of reason and responsibility. We are capable of making our own decisions and don’t require a nanny to watch over our every move.
Oops sorry. You probably didn’t understand that, huh.
Maybe this works:
LEAVE US ALONE AND STAY OUT OF OUR POCKETS

18 waverunner August 24, 2014 at 4:20 PM

To Michelle (original) to answer your question, the laws are probably for people such as yourself. Would you get in a car and “use common sense” without knowing the rules of the road? Gosh, that would be a sight to see. Your “common sense” might not be someone else’s “common sense”.I have never understood why someone didn’t need a license to navigate a boat.

19 Michelle(original) August 24, 2014 at 4:41 PM

@14
You need to re-read my statement.

20 Michelle(original) August 24, 2014 at 4:43 PM

anon, you are absolutely right, useless legislation.

21 People should have to pass an exam August 24, 2014 at 4:54 PM

before they can run for senator.

22 Michelle(original) August 24, 2014 at 5:12 PM

waverunner, when I learned to drive and automobile, that’s exactly what I did……

23 Michelle(original) August 24, 2014 at 5:17 PM

“an automobile”

24 Killjoy August 24, 2014 at 5:46 PM

Anybody want to buy a boat? Seriously. I’m looking to sell mine.

25 @ et-al, #17----Yep, you make your own decisions, just like the driver who crossed over the double yellow line August 24, 2014 at 6:04 PM

he made what he thought was the “right” decision to not follow the rules of the road. He ended up dead, and took others with him. Rules are made to keep EVERYONE on the same page. Some rules are dumb, but then, so are some people.

26 RIII August 24, 2014 at 8:04 PM

It’s all about him and nothing ti do with his “Constituents.” It’s all about him. Where s any benefit to ” The People?” It’s pure politics! Why do we need these people? Its bull Sh#t”

27 Wow August 24, 2014 at 8:09 PM

Seriously! Wow lets waste some more money as the state can’t even afford the money to track the 215 marijuana cards little lone this BS bill….Mr Mayor please don’t release my IP address to DeSaulnier.

28 SKS August 24, 2014 at 9:05 PM

And how will these “boater safety” classes cost?

29 Bill P August 24, 2014 at 9:12 PM

And this is the professional politician who will be moving into George Miller’s seat. If he follows suit, he will never answer an email, never have a live town hall meeting and above all he will be voting for the socialist agenda like the rest of the Liberal sheep

30 Lorelei August 25, 2014 at 9:22 AM

More blah, blah, blah from this useless waste of carbon………I have NO earthly idea how he got elected!!!

31 CalOldBlue August 25, 2014 at 8:06 PM

What part of
“California is one of only five states that do not require individuals to take a boating safety course before operating a vessel. ”
do you folk fail to grasp?

This is NOT a liberal vs. conservative issue.

EVERY STATE IN THE SOUTH (except Arkansas; which gave us Bill and Hilary) requires boating safety courses.

Texas: check
Mississippi: check
Tennessee: check
Missouri: check
OK, GA, KS, and on and on.

Not a left-wing issue. Not even close.

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