Bill Authorizing Impoundment of Vessel Involved in BUI and Death Passes First Committee

Legislation providing another tool to law enforcement for vessels involved in boating under the influence passed its first legislative committee this week.

SB 393 [Stone] would authorize a court to order the impoundment of a vessel for up to 30 days, if the registered owner is convicted of a crime involving the operation of a vessel while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage, any drug, or the combined influence of an alcoholic beverage and any drug and the conduct resulted in the unlawful killing of a person.

SB 393 was taken up in the Senate Public Safety Committee, was placed on the committee’s consent calendar, and passed committee with a unanimous bipartisan vote.