HB 4211

A bill to be entitled
2An act relating to vessel safety regulations; amending s.
3327.50, F.S.; removing state requirements for certain
4children to wear a personal flotation device while on
5board certain vessels; providing an effective date.
7Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
9     Section 1.  Subsection (1) of section 327.50, Florida
10Statutes, is amended to read:
11     327.50  Vessel safety regulations; equipment and lighting
13     (1)(a)  The owner and operator of every vessel on the
14waters of this state shall carry, store, maintain, and use
15safety equipment in accordance with current United States Coast
16Guard safety equipment requirements as specified in the Code of
17Federal Regulations, unless expressly exempted by the
19     (b)  No person shall operate a vessel less than 26 feet in
20length on the waters of this state unless every person under 6
21years of age on board the vessel is wearing a type I, type II,
22or type III Coast Guard approved personal flotation device while
23such vessel is underway. For the purpose of this section,
24"underway" shall mean at all times except when a vessel is
25anchored, moored, made fast to the shore, or aground.
26     Section 2.  This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.

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