Thread: Clean Boating Act Passed
07-24-2008, 02:51 PM #1
Clean Boating Act Passed
Clean Boating Act Passed by Congress! - 07/23/2008
Yesterday morning at about 11 a.m. the Senate passed with “unanimous consent” S.2766, “The Clean Boating Act of 2008” (a.k.a., EPA Permit Relief Act). Then, at about 3:30 p.m. the House of Representatives took up the same bill that had already been passed by the Senate and passed it by an overwhelming majority. As you read these words the bill is on its way to the White House for the President’s signature. After nearly two years of effort on the part of the boating industry and tens of thousands of boat owners – including nearly 20,000 BoatTEST.com members who contacted Congress – America’s congressional representatives have deep-sixed what could have been the most oppressive regulations ever to be inflicted on recreational boat owners anywhere. Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s 11th hour “hold” on passage turned out to be a three-week cliff-hanger right out of Hollywood.
07-24-2008, 02:59 PM #2
, good news! The liberal whacko environmentlist lost this one!
07-24-2008, 03:12 PM #3
Thanks to Sen. Mel Martinez and a few others who finally jumped on the bandwagon and helped deep six this STUPID error leading to more taxes in the name of environmental socialism... I guess too many of those rich politicians had boats and didn't want to get a permit, LOL...
"On Tuesday, July 22, after several months of consideration, Congress passed The Clean Boating Act of 2008, which keeps all boaters from paying an unfair tax to the EPA.
I was beginning to wonder, since the deadline for such action would have been Sept. 30. Now all that has to happen is for the president to sign the legislation into law. That should happen without a hitch, since both parties have shown support for the measure.
The need for the new law, which permanently restores a long-standing exemption for recreational boats from obtaining EPA permits, stems from a 2006 court ruling that would have affected an estimated 17 million recreational boats. Under that ruling, every boat, right down to your grandma's rowboat, would need an EPA permit before touching water.
"One of the real keys to success here was our collective ability to activate the grassroots," said Margaret Podlich of BoatUS, which represents some 650,000 boat owners. She said tens of thousands of letters and e-mails were generated by boaters over the past 12 months, all urging Congress to pass the act.
Above all, common sense has been restored."
Last edited by YoYamma; 07-24-2008 at 03:14 PM.
07-24-2008, 05:36 PM #4
But where was the PWC'r'US lobby...?
07-24-2008, 05:50 PM #5
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07-26-2008, 08:35 AM #8
I'm hitting the water and celebrating today...
07-26-2008, 03:11 PM #9
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