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                                    THIRD READING


          Bill No:  SB 457
          Author:   Monning (D)
          Amended:  4/30/13
          Vote:     21


           SENATE NATURAL RESOURCES AND WATER COMMITTEE  :  9-0, 4/23/13
          AYES:  Pavley, Cannella, Evans, Fuller, Hueso, Jackson, Lara,  
            Monning, Wolk

           SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE  :  Senate Rule 28.8


           SUBJECT  :    Vessels:  collisions and accidents

           SOURCE  :     Author


          DIGEST  :    This bill requires that any local agency that  
          receives grant funds from the Department of Boating and  
          Waterways (DBW) to report and collect data on any boating  
          accident to which it responds or which it has received a report,  
          and provide this data to the DBW.

           ANALYSIS  :    Existing federal law requires state departments  
          such as the DBW to collect boating accident data and, upon  
          request, provide this data to federal agencies.  Funding from  
          the federal agency is contingent upon compliance with these  
          federal regulations.

          This bill:

          1.Updates boating accident reporting requirements aiming at  
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            improving the quality and accuracy of data collected.

          2.Requires that any local agency that receives grant funds from  
            DBW to report and collect data on any boating accident to  
            which it responds or which it has received a report, and  
            provide this data to the DBW.  Failure to comply may make the  
            agency ineligible to received future grant funds for up to  
            five fiscal years, except upon a showing of good cause by that  
            public agency.

          3.Requires the DBW to notify the agency of the failure to submit  
            a report prior of making the agency ineligible to receive  
            future grant funds.

           FISCAL EFFECT  :    Appropriation:  No   Fiscal Com.:  Yes    
          Local:  No

           
          ARGUMENTS IN SUPPORT  :    According to the author's office,  
          California law is often confusing to individuals and peace  
          officers and as a result the California Department of Boating  
          and Waterways receives incomplete or inaccurate reports.   
          Changes to statute will help the state compliance with federal  
          regulation and improvement of boating accident data which will  
          help the department prevent or reduce loss of properties and  
          lives due to accidents.


          RM:ej  5/14/13   Senate Floor Analyses 

                         SUPPORT/OPPOSITION:  NONE RECEIVED

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