Florida Senate - 2018 CS for SB 1612 By the Committee on Environmental Preservation and Conservation; and Senators Rader and Book 592-02316-18 20181612c1 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; amending s. 327.73, F.S.; 8 providing a penalty for violation of airboat operation 9 requirements; providing an effective date. 10 11 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 12 13 Section 1. This act may be cited as “Ellie’s Law.” 14 Section 2. Subsection (5) is added to section 327.391, 15 Florida Statutes, to read: 16 327.391 Airboats regulated.— 17 (5)(a) Beginning December 31, 2018, a person may not 18 operate an airboat to carry passengers for hire on waters of the 19 state unless he or she has all of the following on board the 20 airboat: 21 1. A photographic identification card. 22 2. Proof of compliance with s. 327.395. 23 3. Proof of successful completion of a commission-approved 24 airboat operator course that meets the minimum standards 25 established by commission rule. 26 4. A certificate of successful course completion in 27 cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid. 28 (b) A person issued a captain’s license by the United 29 States Coast Guard is not required to complete the boating 30 safety education course required under s. 327.395. Proof of the 31 captain’s license must be on board the airboat when carrying 32 passengers for hire on waters of the state. 33 (c) A person who violates this subsection commits a 34 noncriminal infraction, punishable as provided in s. 327.73. 35 Section 3. Paragraph (cc) is added to subsection (1) of 36 section 327.73, Florida Statutes, to read: 37 327.73 Noncriminal infractions.— 38 (1) Violations of the following provisions of the vessel 39 laws of this state are noncriminal infractions: 40 (cc) Section 327.391(5), relating to airboat operation 41 requirements, for which the civil penalty is up to a maximum of 42 $500. 43 44 Any person cited for a violation of any provision of this 45 subsection shall be deemed to be charged with a noncriminal 46 infraction, shall be cited for such an infraction, and shall be 47 cited to appear before the county court. The civil penalty for 48 any such infraction is $50, except as otherwise provided in this 49 section. Any person who fails to appear or otherwise properly 50 respond to a uniform boating citation shall, in addition to the 51 charge relating to the violation of the boating laws of this 52 state, be charged with the offense of failing to respond to such 53 citation and, upon conviction, be guilty of a misdemeanor of the 54 second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 55 775.083. A written warning to this effect shall be provided at 56 the time such uniform boating citation is issued. 57 Section 4. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.