Florida Senate - 2018 CS for SB 1132 By the Committee on Appropriations; and Senator Hutson 576-03572-18 20181132c1 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a maximum period of validity for 8 the decal; specifying that decals issued on or before 9 a specified date are no longer valid after that date; 10 providing an effective date. 11 12 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 13 14 Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subsection (2) of section 15 327.70, Florida Statutes, is amended to read: 16 327.70 Enforcement of this chapter and chapter 328.— 17 (2)(a)1. Upon demonstrated compliance with the safety equipment 18 carriage and use requirements of this chapter during a safety 19 inspection initiated by a law enforcement officer, the operator 20 of a vessel shall be issued a safety inspection decal signifying 21 that the vessel is deemed to have met the safety equipment 22 carriage and use requirements of this chapter at the time and 23 location of such inspection. The commission may designate by 24 rule the timeframe for expiration of, and the specific design 25 for, the safety inspection decal. However, a decal may not be 26 valid for more than 5 years and, at a minimum, must meet the 27 standards specified in this paragraph. All decals issued by the 28 commission on or before December 31, 2018, are no longer valid 29 after that date. 30 2. The safety inspection decal, if displayed, must be 31 located within 6 inches of the inspected vessel’s properly 32 displayed vessel registration decal. For nonmotorized vessels 33 that are not required to be registered, the safety inspection 34 decal, if displayed, must be located above the waterline on the 35 forward half of the port side of the vessel. 36 Section 2. This act shall take effect January 1, 2019.