New BoatUS tool gives recreational boaters better access to issues

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BoatUS offers a new online advocacy tool that allows boaters to stay engaged locally on issues that affect boating.

BoatUS offers a new online advocacy tool that allows boaters to stay engaged locally on issues that affect boating.

Boat Owners Association of the United States is offering a new advocacy tool for recreational boaters.

The tool helps make boaters aware of issues affecting them and gives them the option to track relevant bills by state, find contact information for elected officials, speak to policymakers and advocate for boating issues in their communities.

BoatUS closely follows federal legislation and regulations that matter to boaters and boating.

Using the Federal Action Alerts tool, boaters can find out if action is needed on a particular bill or rule that would impact boating.

A State Action Alerts tool tracks bills relevant to recreational boating by state as well as their status and sponsor, providing a simple and effective way to be kept informed of upcoming legislation and alerts that matter.

A key to affecting change is knowing your elected representatives and learning how to contact them. Using the “Find your Elected Officials” search box, boaters will get a complete list of contact information for federal, state and local elected officials.

“At the federal level, when we speak to Congress, BoatUS represents more than a half-million dues-paying members,” said BoatUS government affairs manager David Kennedy in a statement. “Our new advocacy tool magnifies that strength and brings it to the state level, giving boaters the chance to have their voices heard when boating issues are being debated.”

“With significant issues, such as the mandate for more ethanol in gasoline or funding for dredging and infrastructure improvements to protect our waterways, boaters can use the BoatUS Advocacy Tool to remain engaged,” said Kennedy.

BoatUS says it is the nation’s only recreational boat owners group with a dedicated government affairs team speaking up for boaters.

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