2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
May 31, 2017 - Introduced by Representatives Tittl,
Fields, Jarchow, Kleefisch, Kulp, Steffen and Thiesfeldt, cosponsored by
Senators Tiffany, Lasee and LeMahieu. Referred to Committee on Natural
Resources and Sporting Heritage.
1An Act to amend
30.62 (3) (a); and to create
30.62 (3) (c) of the statutes; 2relating to: use of a personal flotation device on a stand-up paddleboard.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill provides that the personal flotation device requirements under current
law do not apply to a stand-up paddleboard with respect to any person on the board
who is 18 years of age or older. This bill defines “stand-up paddleboard” to mean a
buoyant board designed to be manually propelled on water by a person paddling from
a standing or kneeling position.
Under current law, every boat is required to carry at least one personal flotation
device for each person on board or being attended by the boat.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
30.62 (3) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
(a) Every boat, except a sailboard and except as provided in par. pars. 5
(b) and (c)
, shall carry at least one personal flotation device prescribed by federal
6regulations 33 CFR part 175
for each person on board or being attended by the boat, 7
so placed as to be readily accessible and available to the persons.
30.62 (3) (c) of the statutes is created to read:
(c) 1. In this paragraph, “stand-up paddleboard” means a buoyant 3
board designed to be manually propelled on water by a person paddling from a 4
standing or kneeling position.
2. Paragraph (a) does not apply to a stand-up paddleboard with respect to any 6
person on board who is 18 years of age or older.
(1) This act first applies to a stand-up paddleboard, as defined in section 30.62 9
(3) (c) 1. of the statutes, used on the effective date of this subsection.