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2011 House Bill 4846: Expand boat and watercraft regulations

Public Act 58 of 2012

  1. Introduced by Rep. Wayne Schmidt (R) on June 30, 2011, to authorize a $500 civil fine for operating a boat that is towing skiers or people on a raft who are not wearing personal flotation devices, and the same fine for a skier or towed raft rider age 16 or older who does not wear a life vest.
    • Referred to the House Natural Resources, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation Committee on June 30, 2011.
      • Reported in the House on November 1, 2011, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on November 10, 2011, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises the fines. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on November 10, 2011.
  2. Passed 94 to 11 in the House on November 29, 2011, to authorize a $100 civil fine for operating a boat that is towing skiers or people on a raft who are not wearing personal flotation devices, and the same fine for a skier or towed raft rider age 16 or older who does not wear a life vest.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on November 30, 2011.
    • Referred to the Senate Outdoor Recreation & Tourism Committee on November 30, 2011.
      • Reported in the Senate on February 14, 2012, with the recommendation that the bill pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on February 23, 2012. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on February 23, 2012.
  4. Passed 36 to 1 in the Senate on February 29, 2012, to authorize a $100 civil fine for operating a boat that is towing skiers or people on a raft who are not wearing personal flotation devices, and the same fine for a skier or towed raft rider age 16 or older who does not wear a life vest.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the House on February 29, 2012.
  6. Passed 98 to 11 in the House on March 6, 2012, to concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on March 22, 2012.

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