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Boating safety law enforcement proposal passes through committee

SACRAMENTO — The Assembly Committee on Public Safety approved a bill proposing to enhance boating safety law enforcement efforts.

Assembly Bill 2175, if passed and signed into law, would allow a marine safety or peace officer, in the performance of his or her official duties, to remove (and potentially store) a vessel from public property and might have used in the commission of a crime.

AB 2175 also proposed to give a court the authority to make any person convicted of using the vessel responsible for costs associated with its removal, impoundment, storage and release.

The bill, which was introduced by Assembly Member Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, is sponsored by the California State Sheriffs’ Association and supported by Recreational Boaters Association of California, or RBOC.

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