Subject: US Sailing Government Relations Update - Happy New Year

Volume:1 Issue: 1
Happy New Year 

From US Sailing Government Relations Vice President

James P. Muldoon

Hello All,

Happy New Year and welcome to the inaugural edition of US Sailing's Government Relations Quarterly Update.

With 2018 upon us, I wanted to provide the members of US Sailing's Government Relations Committee with an update addressing news across the recreational boating community. Please use the In this Issue section to the right as a guide to the information provided.

Additionally, Asst. Vice President of Government Relations Joanne Dorval and I, will be providing an in person update to the Government Relations Committee at the Sailing Leadership Forum 2018, organized by US Sailing in St. Pete Beach, Florida on January 31st from 1 pm - 2 pm. Please see the information below for more details. We hope to see everyone there!

Thank you to everyone that contributed to US Sailing's Government Relations Committee in 2017. We thank you for your continued commitment and support, and look forward to providing government relations updates in 2018.

Again, thank you for reading, and have a wonderful New Year!

Best Wishes,

James P. Muldoon
Vice President - Government Relations 
1500 K Street, Suite 350

In this Issue..

New Year Message:

- VP of Government Relations, 
James Muldoon

Meeting Agenda:

- Where, When, Agenda

Boating News:

- California Boating Safety Laws take affect Jan 1, 2018

- Renewable Fuel Standard for 2018 includes ethanol increase 

Legislative News:

- Missouri Proposes Stricter Lifejacket and Wake Laws

Articles of Interest: 

-Texas AG office will not release fatal Boy Scout sailing accident report

- USCG Seeks Input for Navigation Aids

US Sailing Foundation:

- Providing Access to Sailing, Training and Education,and Competitive Excellence

Committee Meeting Details
Sailing Leadership Forum 2018
TradeWinds Island Grand Resort
5500 Gulf Blvd
St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
1PM -2PM 
Room: Jasmine

*Call in information will be provided for those who cannot attend in person

- Updates on fatal accidents in Texas & New York
- Legislation affecting sailing in Maryland and Florida
- Tax Reform
- Ethanol and the Renewable Fuel Standard
- Carbon monoxide,
- Life jackets
- Electronic aids to navigation
- Engine cut-off switches
- NBSAC update

*Additional agenda items may be added 

Please see full 2018 Leadership Forum Schedule Here
Boating News
California Boating Safety Laws take affect January 1, 2018

By: Mario Montalvo – ACTION NEWS NOW
December 18, 2017

"Beginning January 1, 2018, boaters 16 to 20 years of age will need to have a boater education safety card to operate any motorized boat.

California is one of the last states to implement a program of this kind, and o
fficials hope the new program will help reduce those numbers through education.

'We're hoping to have the injuries and deaths reduced by anything that we can put out there through education and hopefully get the safety through that,' said Shasta County Sheriff’s Office boating safety unit sergeant Rob Sandbloom.

Starting the first of the year, boaters 16 to 20 years of age will be required to take and pass an approved boater education course and apply for a California boater card.

The card will be phased in by age groups that will increase by five years every year.

And by 2025 boaters of all ages will be required to have the card.

'And they obviously want start with the younger generation because they're hoping the older generations have been boating and maybe have done self education,' Sandbloom said.

The Sheriff's Office currently provides a free boater safety course.

Boaters can then show proof they completed the course and pay one-time fee of $10 to get the card which is good for life."

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Renewable Fuel Standard for 2018 Includes Ethanol Increase

By: BoatUS 
December 5, 2017 

"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has set the 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard at 19.29 billion gallons, a 0.05 percent increase over the 2017 standard.

This summer, the EPA asked the public how much ethanol it wanted to be added to the nation’s gasoline supply, and recreational boaters as well as many other owners of gasoline engines and vehicles spoke up against increasing ethanol volumes under the RFS.

Signed into law in 2005, the RFS requires an increasing amount of biofuels, such as corn ethanol, to be blended into the gasoline supply."

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Photo: Courtesy of 'Two Heads are Better than One'
Legislative News
Missouri Proposes Stricter Wake and Lifejacket Laws

By: Amy Wilson - LakeNewsOnline
December 16, 2017

"After the challenging wakes of the Lake of the Ozarks remained a bone of contention among some lakefront property owners and boaters in the 2017 boating season, State Rep. David Wood is taking another crack at a bill aimed at reducing damage to residential docks and enhancing water safety.

Wood’s new legislation includes the lifejacket infraction change as well as more significant modifications to the proposed wake measures. House Bill 1591 offers a give-and-take to some extent.

As in the old legislation, it would make violations of RSMo 306.100, Subsections 7 and 8 on certain lifejacket requirements, infractions with a fine of just $25 rather than being a misdemeanor with a fine of $185 and court costs.

The goal, according to Wood, is to encourage tickets for these violations with an aim of just a little pain in the pocketbook to better educate boaters on the importance of having the necessary lifesaving devices on board. Currently, few such tickets are written because the fine is considered so large for the nature of the violation.

The same system would go for boat wake violations under HB 1591.

RSMo 306.125 Subsection 3 states, “Vessels shall not be operated within 100 feet of any dock, pier, occupied anchored boat or buoyed restricted area on any lake at a speed in excess of slow-no wake speed.”

HB 1591 would make this an infraction with a fine of $25. More controversial will likely be the attachment of boat wake penalties to the owner of the vessel rather than the driver of the boat."

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Articles of Interest
AG's office: Report on fatal Boy Scouts boating accident will not be released

By: Iris Rios - Digital Content Contributor - KLTV 7 News
January 4, 2018

"The report on an electrocution that killed three East Texas boy scouts will not be released.

According to the Texas Attorney General's Office, they have ruled not to release the report on the boating accident at Lake O’ the Pines, which killed scouts Heath Faucheux, 17, Thomas Larry, 11, and Will Brannon, 17.

The scouts were fatally injured last August when their sailboat came into contact with power lines on the lake"

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USCG Seeks Input in Navigation Aids 

By: MAREX Staff - The Maritime Executive
December 26, 2017

"The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking input from mariners for a study of navigation requirements in the Pacific Seacoast System.

The Waterways Analysis and Management System study will review the short range Aids to Navigation system that covers American waterways from the Canadian border to the Mexican border and around Alaska, Hawaii and all U.S. territories throughout the Pacific.

In addition to the survey input, the system-wide study will cover international requirements, environmental concerns, user capabilities, available technology and available resources.

The study is part of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Future of Navigation initiative, the multi-year effort to analyze, optimize and modernize the nation's navigation systems.

Managed by the U.S. Coast Guard Office of Navigation Systems and maintained by Coast Guard buoy tenders and ATON teams around the nation, Aids to Navigation help mariners to determine their position, chart a safe course and steer clear of hazards.

Interested mariners and maritime stakeholders can provide input by taking the survey here.

The survey will be available until March 31, 2018."

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US Sailing Foundation 
US Sailing Foundation Provides Access to Sailing, Training, and Competition

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If you have any questions or comments on the above information, please reach out to:
James Muldoon
Vice President, Government Relations US Sailing
1500 K Street NW  Ste. 350
Washington, DC 20005
Joanne Dorval
Asst. Vice President, Government Relations US Sailing
1350 I Street NW  Ste. 650
Washington, DC 20005
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