Legislation Delays Aquatic Invasive Species Sticker

This legislation modifies a law passed in 2012 that requires those who haul boats or boat-docking equipment to undergo a 30-minute online training course about preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species in Minnesota. Under current law, those who complete the training receive a decal(s) to be placed on trailers, beginning July 1, 2015.

This legislation represents a middle ground between the 2012 law and the outright repeal that is moving through House committees. The bill’s supporters say education about aquatic invasive species is important to prevent the spreading of invasive species statewide. The bill is in no way intended to inhibit tourism in Minnesota – the purpose is to make sure everyone knows how to properly clean their boats and equipment.

Key provisions in this year’s bill include delaying the start of the training program/decal requirement by one year, and making the training program and decals free of charge. The bill also provides for enforcement of the law only for boats or equipment launched into Minnesota waters (meaning the training program would not apply to boaters just passing through the state). Provisions also include allowing the 2016 boating season to be a warm-up for full enforcement by giving violators just a warning. After January 1, 2017 those who fail to display an AIS trailer decal are subject to a $25 civil penalty. Service providers and those who only haul boats from their lakeshore property to the lake and back are exempt from the training requirement. (S.F. 520)

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