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California Passes Boater Education Requirement

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Last Thursday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law SB 941, a bill that would increase the safety of California waterways by requiring boaters to pass a safety course and obtain a vessel operator card.

The bill was introduced this year by Senators Bill Monning(D-Carmel) and Mark DeSaulnier(D-Concord) after an NBC Bay Area investigation discovered that boaters who were inattentive or inexperienced caused the majority of boating accidents in the state. At the time, California was one of only five states that did not require boater safety education.