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. 9 10 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 11 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.