A bill that would change the way Docks are managed on Lake of the Ozarks has passed a safety committee and is heading to the Senate.
The Bill presented by Senator Justin Brown, prohibits boats from anchoring within 100 feet of a dock, if it obstructs that dock’s ingress or egress.
It also says no person shall secure a boat to the dock without permission and a violation of these rules would result in an infraction.
Numerous realtors, including the Bagnell Dam Association of Realtors, and several homeowners’ associations are in favor of the bill.
Ameren, who owns the Lake, says they are monitoring the bill and are working with officials in Jefferson City on its outcome.
The Senate Committee on Transportation, Infrastructure, and Public Safety held a hearing on January 26, 2021. Committee members: Brown, Bean, Eigel, Hough, O’Laughlin, Razer, and Williams.
Senator Brown presented SB 49. This act prohibits vessels positioned within 100 feet of a permitted boat dock from being anchored in a manner that obstructs ingress or egress of watercraft to or from the dock, unless authorized by the boat dock permit holder. The act also provides that no person shall secure a vessel to or enter upon a private permitted boat dock unless authorized to do so by the boat dock permit holder, or as specified in the act. A violation of these provisions shall be an infraction.
This act also specifies that operating or positioning a vessel in a manner that obstructs or impedes the normal flow of traffic on the waters of this state shall be an infraction, rather than a Class C misdemeanor for a first offense or a class B misdemeanor for a second or subsequent offense.
Testifying in support: Bagnell Dam Association of Realtors, Bagnell Dam Board of Realtors, RE/MAX Lake of the Ozarks, Mortgage Headquarters of Missouri, John. Farrell Real Estate Company, Keys to the Lake, Reece Nichols Lake of the Ozarks, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Lake of the Ozarks Realty, Crappie Hour Entertainment, Bock Design, OK Realty and Investments, C. Michael Elliot Realtors, Beacon Pointe POA, BDBR, Mike Berra Real Estate Group, Keller Williams L.O. Realty, Lakeview Auto Sales, O’Sullivan Bruce Group, Jerry Stewart Windows & More, Seal the Deal Team, JD/Delaney Property Inspections, Spouses Selling Houses, and several individuals.
Testifying in opposition: an individual.
Testifying for informational purposes: Ameren Missouri, and Missouri State Highway Patrol.