2003 - 2004 LEGISLATURE
April 23, 2003 - Introduced by Representatives Staskunas, Jeskewitz, Hines,
Ainsworth, Berceau, Hundertmark, J. Lehman and Van Roy, cosponsored by
Senator Roessler. Referred to Committee on Natural Resources.
1An Act to amend
30.62 (3) (a); and to create
30.62 (3) (c) of the statutes; 2relating to: requiring that personal flotation devices be worn by certain
3underage persons in certain boats.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, each boat must have on it a personal flotation device for each
person riding in or on the boat. Under this bill, a person may not operate a boat that
is less than 26 feet in length with a motor of more than 25 horsepower unless, during
the time the boat is under way, every person on the boat who is 12 years old or
younger is wearing a personal flotation device or is in a cabin space or below the deck.
For further information see the state and local fiscal estimate, which will be
printed as an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB297, s. 1
30.62 (3) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
(a) Every boat, except a sailboard and except as provided in par. (b) 6pars. (b) and (c)
, shall carry at least one personal flotation device prescribed by
federal regulations for each person on board or being attended by the boat, so placed 2
as to be readily accessible and available to the persons.
AB297, s. 2
30.62 (3) (c) of the statutes is created to read:
(c) No person may operate a boat that is less than 26 feet in length, 5
that is being driven by a motor of more than 25 horsepower, and that is under way 6
unless each person on the boat who is 12 years of age or under is wearing a personal 7
flotation device or is in a cabin space or below the deck. The personal flotation device 8
shall be a type I, type II, type III, or type V personal flotation device as specified under 933 CFR part 175
, subpart B.