Florida Senate - 2018                                    SB 1132
       By Senator Hutson
       7-00683A-18                                           20181132__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to vessel safety inspection decals;
    3         amending s. 327.70, F.S.; providing rulemaking
    4         authority to the Fish and Wildlife Conservation
    5         Commission regarding expiration and design of safety
    6         inspection decals; specifying standards for such
    7         rulemaking; providing a maximum period of validity;
    8         providing an effective date.
   10  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   12         Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subsection (2) of section
   13  327.70, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
   14         327.70 Enforcement of this chapter and chapter 328.—
   15         (2)(a)1. Upon demonstrated compliance with the safety
   16  equipment carriage and use requirements of this chapter during a
   17  safety inspection initiated by a law enforcement officer, the
   18  operator of a vessel shall be issued a safety inspection decal
   19  signifying that the vessel is deemed to have met the safety
   20  equipment carriage and use requirements of this chapter at the
   21  time and location of such inspection. The commission may
   22  designate by rule the timeframe for expiration of, and the
   23  specific design for, the safety inspection decal. However, a
   24  decal may not be valid for more than 5 years and, at a minimum,
   25  must meet the standards specified in this paragraph.
   26         2. The safety inspection decal, if displayed, must be
   27  located within 6 inches of the inspected vessel’s properly
   28  displayed vessel registration decal. For nonmotorized vessels
   29  that are not required to be registered, the safety inspection
   30  decal, if displayed, must be located above the waterline on the
   31  forward half of the port side of the vessel.
   32         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2018.