The Missouri Senate passed a bill that would make it easier for Missourians and non-residents to rent boats.
SB 785 would create a temporary boating safety education card for out-of-state renters and expand the one-time opportunity for state residents, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association, which supports the legislation.
"SB 785 supports the boating industry by making it easier for people to experience boating without the commitment required to take the state-required boating safety course," the NMMA said in a news post.
Boaters operating vessels that are not rented still must complete the mandatory safety course.
The NMMA worked with Missouri legislators and staff to advance the bill, which will head to the state House for further consideration.