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HB 1049 — Divers

by Rep. Raschein and others (CS/SB 1176 by Judiciary Committee and Senator Abruzzo)

This summary is provided for information only and does not represent the opinion of any Senator, Senate Officer, or Senate Office.

Prepared by: Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee (EP)

The bill gives divers the option to display a divers-down buoy instead of a divers-down flag when diving. The bill specifies design and display requirements for a divers-down buoy but prohibits the use or display of the divers-down buoy onboard a vessel. All other current requirements for vessel operators and divers when a divers-down flag is used will apply when a divers-down buoy is used. 

If approved by the Governor, these provisions take effect July 1, 2014. 

Vote: Senate 38-0; House 116-0