ENROLLED 2018 Legislature CS for SB 1132, 1st Engrossed 20181132er 1 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 minimum and maximum period of 8 validity for the decal; specifying that decals issued 9 on or before a specified date are no longer valid 10 after that date; providing an effective date. 11 12 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 13 14 Section 1.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 18 equipment carriage and use requirements of this chapter during a 19 safety inspection initiated by a law enforcement officer, the 20 operator of a vessel shall be issued a safety inspection decal 21 signifying that the vessel is deemed to have met the safety 22 equipment carriage and use requirements of this chapter at the 23 time and location of such inspection. The commission may 24 designate by rule the timeframe for expiration of, and the 25 specific design for, the safety inspection decal. However, a 26 decal may not be valid for less than 1 calendar year or more 27 than 5 years and, at a minimum, must meet the standards 28 specified in this paragraph. All decals issued by the commission 29 on or before December 31, 2018, are no longer valid after that 30 date. 31 2. The safety inspection decal, if displayed, must be 32 located within 6 inches of the inspected vessel’s properly 33 displayed vessel registration decal. For nonmotorized vessels 34 that are not required to be registered, the safety inspection 35 decal, if displayed, must be located above the waterline on the 36 forward half of the port side of the vessel. 37 Section 2. This act shall take effect January 1, 2019.