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NMMA: States consider significant changes in law

The National Marine Manufacturers Association reported news from Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Louisiana that affects the marine industry.

The Massachusetts legislature will hold a hearing on a proposed marine excise tax. The NMMA, along with the Massachusetts Marine Trade Association, has submitted comments to the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Revenue opposing the bills, which would levy an additional tax on boats and boat equipment that are habitually docked or moored in state waters during the summer boating season.

For information, contact Nicole Vasilaros at (202) 737-9763 or nvasilaros@nmma.org.

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has proposed a rule requiring all people aboard boats less than 16 feet, or any canoe or kayak, to wear life jackets between Nov. 1 and April 30. Concerned boaters can submit comments by Aug. 10 by mail to the Executive Director, Fish and Boat Commission, P.O. Box 67000, Harrisburg, PA 17106-7000 or online.

For information, contact David Dickerson at (202) 737-9761 or ddickerson@nmma.org.

The NMMA said it persuaded the Louisiana legislature to exempt marine dealers and manufacturers from licensing and contract regulations it recently passed.

Boat dealers and manufacturers were deleted from a portion of the bill that would have forced them to gain approval from the Louisiana Motor Vehicle Commission before making any contract modifications.

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