Chief Sponsor: Curtis S. Bramble

House Sponsor: Michael K. McKell


8     General Description:
9          This bill modifies provisions related to vessels.
10     Highlighted Provisions:
11          This bill:
12          ▸     enacts criminal provisions related to registration decals or cards;
13          ▸     provides for enforcement of maintenance inspection programs for vessels carrying
14     passengers for hire; and
15          ▸     makes technical changes.
16     Money Appropriated in this Bill:
17          None
18     Other Special Clauses:
19          None
20     Utah Code Sections Affected:
21     AMENDS:
22          73-18-7.2, as enacted by Laws of Utah 1990, Chapter 216
23          73-18-20, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2018, Chapter 150

25     Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
26          Section 1. Section 73-18-7.2 is amended to read:
27          73-18-7.2. Falsified or misused registration or certificate of title.
28          (1) It is a third degree felony for [any] a person to:
29          [(1)] (a) alter with fraudulent intent [any] a motorboat or sailboat certificate of title,

30     registration card, or registration decal or outboard motor certificate of title issued by the
31     division or [its] the division's authorized agent;
32          [(2)] (b) forge or counterfeit [any] a motorboat or sailboat certificate of title,
33     registration card, or registration decal or outboard motor certificate of title purporting to have
34     been issued by the division or [its] the division's authorized agent;
35          [(3)] (c) alter, falsify, or forge [any] an assignment upon a motorboat, sailboat, or
36     outboard motor certificate of title; or
37          [(4)] (d) hold or use [any] a motorboat or sailboat certificate of title, registration card,
38     or registration decal or outboard motor certificate of title knowing it has been altered, forged,
39     or falsified.
40          (2) It is a class C misdemeanor for a person to use or permit the use or display of a
41     registration decal or registration card on a motorboat or sailboat or in the operation of a
42     motorboat or sailboat other than the motorboat or sailboat for which the registration decal or
43     registration card is issued.
44          Section 2. Section 73-18-20 is amended to read:
45          73-18-20. Enforcement of chapter -- Authority to stop and board vessels --
46     Disregarding law enforcement signal to stop as misdemeanor -- Procedure for arrest.
47          (1) [Any] A law enforcement officer authorized under Title 53, Chapter 13, Peace
48     Officer Classifications, may enforce [the provisions of] this chapter [and], the rules made under
49     this chapter, and the maintenance inspection program for vessels carrying passengers for hire
50     implemented under this chapter.
51          (2) [Any] A law enforcement officer authorized under Title 53, Chapter 13, Peace
52     Officer Classifications, has the authority to stop and board [any] a vessel subject to this
53     chapter, whether the vessel is on water or land. If that law enforcement officer determines the
54     vessel is overloaded, unseaworthy, or the safety equipment required by this chapter or rules of
55     the board is not on the vessel, that law enforcement officer may prohibit the launching of the
56     vessel or stop the vessel from operating.
57          (3) An operator who, having received a visual or audible signal from a law

58     enforcement officer authorized under Title 53, Chapter 13, Peace Officer Classifications, to
59     bring the operator's vessel to a stop, operates the vessel in willful or wanton disregard of the
60     signal so as to interfere with or endanger the operation of [any] a vessel or endanger [any] an
61     individual, or who attempts to flee or elude the law enforcement officer whether by vessel or
62     otherwise is guilty of a class A misdemeanor.
63          (4) Whenever [any] an individual is arrested for [any] a violation of [the provisions of]
64     this chapter or a rule made under this chapter, the procedure for arrest is the same as described
65     in Sections 77-7-23 and 77-7-24.