Florida Senate - 2018                                    SB 1612
       By Senator Rader
       29-00389A-18                                          20181612__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to airboat regulation; providing a
    3         short title; amending s. 327.391, F.S.; requiring, by
    4         a specified date, a commercial airboat operator to
    5         have specified documents on board the airboat while
    6         carrying passengers for hire; providing an exception;
    7         providing a penalty; providing an effective date.
    9  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   11         Section 1. This act may be cited as “Ellie’s Law.”
   12         Section 2. Subsection (5) is added to section 327.391,
   13  Florida Statutes, to read:
   14         327.391 Airboats regulated.—
   15         (5)(a)Beginning December 31, 2018, a person may not
   16  operate an airboat to carry passengers for hire on waters of the
   17  state unless he or she has all of the following on board the
   18  airboat:
   19         1.A photographic identification card.
   20         2.Proof of compliance with s. 327.395.
   21         3.Proof of successful completion of a commission-approved
   22  airboat operator course that meets the minimum standards
   23  established by commission rule.
   24         4.A certificate of successful course completion in
   25  cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid.
   26         (b)A person issued a captain’s license by the United
   27  States Coast Guard is not required to complete the boating
   28  safety education course required under s. 327.395. Proof of the
   29  captain’s license must be on board the airboat when carrying
   30  passengers for hire on waters of the state.
   31         (c)A person who violates this subsection commits a
   32  misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s.
   33  775.082 or s. 775.083.
   34         Section 3. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.