Legislation authorizing recreational boater funds to be utilized for the cleanup of commercial vessels passed the first legislative policy committee, the Assembly Transportation Committee, following todays' hearing.
RBOC testified in opposition to the measure, AB 2092 [Frazier], unless is it amended so that recreational boaters' funds will not be used to rid the waterways of abandoned commercial vessels.
In addition, hundreds of individual boaters contacted their elected representatives on the committee.
The announced vote of the 16-member committee is 10 "ayes" to 3 "nayes." Nine votes were necessary for passage.
The measure next proceeds to the Assembly Appropriations Committee for consideration.
RBOC will be enabling boaters to contact their representatives on the committee in advance of the committee hearing, and will be advocating RBOC's position in the State Capitol.