VOTE: NO – Died in Committee
Status (overview) of bill: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2018R1/Measures/Overview/HB4138
Committee assigned to bill: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2018R1/Committees/SBT/Overview
The bill is directed at one area of conflict along the Willamette River, but the authorization applies to the whole state.
This bill authorizes State Marine Board to make special regulations relating to operation of motorboats to minimize and prevent erosion at request of Department of State Lands.
Personal Choice and Responsibility
Personal responsibility in boating comes with better education and by regulating boating sport to the degree of no participation.
Overreach of government without a study for justification. Current boating laws are not being enforced so adding to them is not solving any problem that may cause erosion. There has not been a study to determine the impact of boating on shorelines, whether restrictions or a ban provides significant benefit, and if there are differences along river banks where boating does not occur. It is pre-mature to authorize restriction through legislation that spoils boating recreation.
Impacts the boating industry and recreation tourism.