HB 1988

85(R) - 2017
House Culture, Recreation, & Tourism
House Culture, Recreation, & Tourism
Parks and Wildlife

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
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Lyle Larson

Bill Caption

Relating to the use of emergency engine cutoff switches on motorboats.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

Under current law, it is prohibited to operate personal watercraft without first obtaining and appropriately setting up an engine cutoff switch in case of emergency (as in the case of an individual falling overboard). HB 1988 would also require that the operator first verify that the switch is operational and fully functional. In addition, this bill would add more detailed regulations to ensure the proper setup for wireless cutoff switches. 

Vote Recommendation Notes

This bill infringes on the principles of limited government and personal responsibility by creating more detailed regulations on the testing practices and setup of engine cutoff switches that are already required by law. It is not the role of government to micromanage the steps free individuals take to test emergency equipment. These are safety features that are easy to use and can help prevent death but it is not the proper role of state government to ensure that every individual is using every safety device made available to that individual. The state needs to leave adults alone to make these decisions on their own based on their assessment of the risks of their behavior. This legislation is a solution in search of a problem. For these reasons we oppose HB 1988.

Organizations Supporting

City of Corpus Christi
Game Warden Peace Officers Association