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          Date of Hearing:   June 18, 2013

                   ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON WATER, PARKS AND WILDLIFE
                                Anthony Rendon, Chair
                    SB 457 (Monning) - As Amended:  April 30, 2013

           SENATE VOTE  :   36-0
           
          SUBJECT  :   Vessels:  Department of Boating and Waterways: Law  
          Enforcement Grant Reporting Requirements

           SUMMARY  :   Requires a public agency that receives law  
          enforcement grant funds from the Department of Boating and  
          Waterways (DBW) to submit a report to the DBW on any boating  
          accidents to which it responds or receives a report.   
          Specifically,  this bill  :

          1)Requires a public agency that is under contract with the DBW  
            to receive law enforcement grant funds from the DBW to,  
            pursuant to regulations adopted by the DBW, complete and  
            submit a report for any boating accident to which it responds  
            or receives a report.

          2)Provides that a public agency that receives law enforcement  
            grant funds from the DBW and fails to submit an accident  
            report as required shall be ineligible to receive future grant  
            funds for up to five fiscal years, except upon a showing of  
            good cause.

          3)Requires the DBW to use reasonable means to obtain completed  
            accident reports and to notify a public agency of the failure  
            to submit a report before determining that the agency is  
            ineligible for future funding.

           EXISTING LAW  :

          1)Requires the owner, operator, or other person who is on board  
            a vessel involved in a casualty or accident to report the  
            casualty or accident in accordance with regulations developed  
            by the DBW.  Requires the DBW to adopt regulations to maintain  
            a uniform reporting system in conformity with federal Coast  
            Guard regulations.

          2)Requires a peace officer or harbor police officer upon  
            receiving a report of a casualty involving the death or  








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            disappearance of a person as a result of a boating accident to  
            immediately forward the report to the DBW.

           FISCAL EFFECT  :   According to the Senate Appropriations  
          Committee, pursuant to Senate Rule 28.8, negligible state costs.

           COMMENTS  :   The author indicates that the purpose of this bill  
          is to provide the DBW with more complete boating accident  
          reports so that there is improved compliance with federal  
          regulations regarding reporting requirements.  According to  
          background information provided by the author of this bill, the  
          DBW is required by federal law to collect boating accident data  
          and, upon request, provide that data to federal agencies.   
          Funding from federal agencies is contingent on compliance with  
          these requirements.  However, the DBW does not always receive  
          complete or accurate reports on boating accidents.  This bill  
          seeks to improve the collection of boating accident data by  
          requiring any local public agency that receives law enforcement  
          grant funding from the DBW to collect and file boating accident  
          reports with the DBW.  Failure to comply with the accident  
          reporting requirements would make the agency ineligible for  
          future grant funding for a period of five years, absent a  
          showing of good cause.  The author asserts this bill will help  
          improve the quality and accuracy of boating accident reports.   
          Better boating accident data will also help the DBW identify and  
          address boating safety issues and help reduce loss of life and  
          property due to boating accidents.

          Note:  The DBW, effective July 1, 2013, will become a Division  
          of the Department of Parks & Recreation as a result of the  
          government reorganization plan approved last year.    

           REGISTERED SUPPORT / OPPOSITION  :

           Support 
           
          None on file.
           
            Opposition 
           
          None on file.

           Analysis Prepared by  :    Diane Colborn / W., P. & W. / (916)  
          319-2096 









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