2009 - 2010 LEGISLATURE
January 21, 2009 - Introduced by Senators Jauch, Holperin, Lehman, Miller and
Risser, cosponsored by Representatives
Sherman, Berceau, Black, Clark,
Hilgenberg, Knodl, Milroy, Molepske, Jr., Pasch, Richards, Roys and
Turner. Referred to Committee on Environment.
1An Act to amend
30.66 (3) (a), 30.66 (3) (b) and 30.69 (3) (d); and to create
(3) (ag), 30.66 (3) (ar) and 30.66 (3) (c) of the statutes; relating to: the operation
3of motorboats, other than personal watercraft, at slow-no-wake speed within
4a given distance of the shoreline of a lake.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, no person may operate a motorboat in excess of slow-no-
wake speed within 100 feet of buoyed restricted areas or structures such as piers.
Current law defines "motorboat" to include personal watercraft. Current law
imposes an additional slow-no-wake restriction on the operation of personal
watercraft by prohibiting operation within 200 feet of the shoreline of a lake. Under
current law, there is no slow-no-wake restriction for other motorboats within a given
distance of a shoreline. This bill imposes a slow-no-wake restriction of 100 feet from
the shoreline for motorboats that are not personal watercraft.
Under current law, cities, towns, villages, public inland lake protection and
rehabilitation districts, and town sanitary districts (local governmental units) may
enact local boating ordinances but the ordinances may not be inconsistent with state
law. The bill provides an exception from this general requirement by allowing a local
governmental unit to enact an ordinance exempting motorboats from the 100-foot
restriction created in this bill.
Current law exempts from these restrictions pickup and drop areas for personal
watercraft and motorboats and persons involved in water skiing. These exemptions
apply to this new provision.
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:
SB12, s. 1
30.66 (3) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
30.66 (3) Prohibited operation.
(a) Except under s. 30.69 (3), no No
may operate a motorboat within 100 feet of any dock, raft, pier,
or buoyed restricted 4
area on any lake at a speed in excess of slow-no-wake speed
SB12, s. 2
30.66 (3) (ag) of the statutes is created to read:
(ag) 1. Except as provided in subd. 2., no person may operate a 7
motorboat, other than a personal watercraft, at a speed in excess of slow-no-wake 8
within 100 feet of the shoreline of any lake.
2. In its ordinances enacted under s. 30.77, a city, village, town, public inland 10
lake protection and rehabilitation district, or a town sanitary district may provide 11
that the prohibition in subd 1. does not apply.
SB12, s. 3
30.66 (3) (ar) of the statutes is created to read:
(ar) No person may operate a personal watercraft at a speed in excess 14
of slow-no-wake within 200 feet of the shoreline of any lake.
SB12, s. 4
30.66 (3) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
(b) No person may operate a personal watercraft at a speed in excess 17
of slow-no-wake within 100 feet of any other boat or within 200 feet of the shoreline
18of any lake. This paragraph does not apply if s. 30.69 (3) (a), (c) or (d) applies to the
19operation of the personal watercraft
SB12, s. 5
30.66 (3) (c) of the statutes is created to read:
(c) Paragraphs (a) to (b) do not apply to pickup or drop areas that are 2
marked with regulatory markers and that are open to operators of personal 3
watercraft and to persons and motorboats engaged in water skiing or similar activity.
SB12, s. 6
30.69 (3) (d) of the statutes is amended to read:
(d) Paragraphs (a) to (c) do not apply to pickup or drop areas that are 6
marked with regulatory markers and that are open to operators of personal 7
watercraft and to persons and motorboats engaged in water skiing or similar activity
This act takes effect on the first day of the 7th month beginning after 10