Assembly Fiscal Committee Places Vessel Impoundment Bill "On Suspense"

The Assembly Appropriations Committee today placed AB 2175 [Aguiar-Curry] "on suspense" until it determines whether there is sufficient state monies to cover the projected state costs associated with its implementation.

AB 2175 is the RBOC-supported measure that would enhance boating safety by clarifying law enforcement’s ability to remove and store vessels under specified circumstances.

The bill would allow peace officers and harbor patrol officers to remove a vessel from public property when the officer has probable cause to believe that the vessel was used as the means of committing a crime and when the officers believe that the vessel is itself evidence, or that the vessel contains evidence which cannot easily be removed.

Today, the bill was placed “on suspense” as anticipated due to the projected state fiscal impact:: "Unknown, potentially significant costs (various funds) for the California Department of Fish and Game and the Department of Parks and Recreation for towing and impoundment costs. Costs are likely to be in the tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of dollars, potentially exceeding $150,000."

The committee will decide just prior to the Memorial Day Weekend whether this and the numerous other measures placed on suspense will pass through the Appropriations Committee an on to the Floor for consideration.

The measure is sponsored by the California State Sheriffs' Association.