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. 8 9 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 10 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.