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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: August 16, 2023 10:55 AM
From: Senator Lindsey M. Williams
To: All Senate members
Subject: Updating Personal Watercraft Safety Requirements in Pennsylvania
In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation to amend the State’s boating safety requirements to better align with federal regulations.

It is increasingly common to see a range of electric-powered personal watercraft devices on our Commonwealth’s waters. The growing market of motorized personal watercrafts provide new ways to enjoy Pennsylvania’s bountiful outdoor recreation opportunities – while also prompting legislative updates to keep all boaters safe.

Following the U.S. Coast Guard’s determination that vessels such as efoils and jetboards meet the federal definition of personal watercraft, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is recommending this legislation to modernize its requirements around registration, safety education certificates, life jackets, and more. Notably, these changes will not apply to motorized kayaks, canoes, or other vessels where the person is sitting or standing within the hull.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation to provide greater clarity and consistency with federal law and improve boater safety throughout Pennsylvania.

Introduced as SB976