Reduced Vessel Registration Fees for Beacon Equipage

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The Governor approved this measure on March 25, 2016. The law reduces state vessel registration fees for recreational vessels equipped with an Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon ("Beacon"), or for recreational vessels where the owner owns a Personal Beacon. The Beacon must be registered with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in order for the owner to qualify for the reduced registration fee. A person who owns a Beacon and more than one recreational vessel qualifies to pay the reduced fee for only one of their vessels. The reduced registration certificate fees provided in the bill apply to applicable vessels registered in Fiscal Year 2016-2017, between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017 only.

As provided in the bill, an Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon means a device installed on the vessel being registered that:

  • Transmits distress signals at a frequency between 406.0 and 406.1 MHz;
  • Is manufactured by a company approved to manufacture beacons by the International Cospas-Sarsat Programme; and
  • Is registered with the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

A Personal Locator Beacon means a device designed to be carried by an individual that:

  • Transmits distress signals at a frequency between 406.0 and 406.1 MHz;
  • Is manufactured by a company approved to manufacture beacons by the International Cospas-Sarsat Programme; and
  • Is registered with the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

According to the staff analysis, the Revenue Estimating Conference (REC) met on October 29, 2015, and determined that the original bill filed will have a negative recurring impact of $500,000 to the General Revenue Fund. The bill as amended reduces this impact.

House staff estimates that the reduced fees in the amended bill will have a negative nonrecurring impact of approximately $250,000 in Fiscal Year 2016-2017

The bill provides an effective date of July 1, 2016.