Boating Safety Bill Becomes Law

Legislation May Help Boaters Save Money

March 30, 2016
Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen
The measure (HB 427) was proposed after Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen, two 14-year-olds from Tequesta, Florida went missing in July, 2015 after running a 19-foot boat out of the Jupiter Inlet into the Atlantic Ocean Cohen Family/Bill Barbosa Photography

Florida HB427 is a law we can believe in. It incentivizes boaters for taking demonstrable safety measures; specifically, boaters who purchase an emergency locator beacon, like a PLB or EPIRB, will receive a discount on boat registration fees.

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On the US national level, similar legislation was introduced in Washington, D.C. in early March 2016. The bipartisan bill is sponsored by U.S. Reps. Patrick Murphy (D-FL-18) and Tom Rooney (R-FL-17) and introduced as the “Austin and Perry Safe Boating Incentive Act.”


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