Wed. Feb 28th, 2024
As expected, lake area Representative Doctor Lisa Thomas has introduced a couple of House bills aimed at boating safety identification cards across Missouri.
Thomas says it’s not a cure-all to eliminate injuries and fatalities on the lake but, at least, a step in the right direction.
“If legislation changed behavior, we wouldn’t have murder, we wouldn’t have fraud. We wouldn’t have all the things that are illegal. But laws do deter a significant number of people.”
House Bill 18-88 would require every person born after January 1, 1984, to possess a boating safety identification card showing successful passing of a satisfactory boating safety course before operating a vessel on all waters of the state.
The current law requires safety I-D cards for operating vessels just on the lakes across the state.
Also introduced by Thomas, House Bill 18-89 would mandate that all proceeds from fees collected for boating safety I-D cards be forwarded to the highway patrol’s Marine Division to be used only for statewide boating safety initiatives.
A push to get the bills passed into law is expected after some recent high-profile fatal boating accidents over the past few years at Lake of the Ozarks.