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Iowa Enacts Renewable Fuels Law, Promotes Development of Bio-Butanol Blended Gasoline
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad recently signed into law legislation (Senate File 2344) supporting the development of biobutanol and biobutanol-blended gasoline, which are next-generation biofuels. Iowa is one of the first states to specifically support the use of biobutanol. NMMA’s ongoing tests of isobutanol on marine engines have provided promising results. With oversight, from the U.S. Department of Energy and Argonne National Laboratory, the tests on marine engines operating on isobutanol-extended fuels have accumulated encouraging data on exhaust emissions, engine performance and durability.  The law is effective immediately.
Connecticut Becomes 2nd State to Enact Uniform Titling
Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy recently signed Public Act 14-63, enacting the Uniform Certificate of Title for Vessels Act (UCOTVA). The Governor’s action makes Connecticut the second state, following Virginia, to adopt UCOTVA. Connecticut did not previously require boats to be titled. The Uniform Law Commission wrote UCOTVA to provide states with a model act that brings boat titles on par with the protections and benefits provided by automobile titles for automobiles. Boat dealers, consumers, owners and the marine industry as a whole will greatly benefit from these changes. A uniform, seamless network of titling laws will facilitate interstate sales and transfers of boats, and give lending institutions more security and the ability to “perfect” loans on boats that do not qualify for USCG documentation. This law shall take effect on January 1, 2016. 
Virginia Governor’s Veto Preserves Boater Education and Commitment to Safety
At the urging of NMMA, BoatU.S., Association of Marina Industries, Virginia Marine Trades Association and state boating safety organizations, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed legislation that would have gutted a portion of the state’s mandatory boating safety education law by exempting many boaters more than 45 years old from taking the state’s mandatory boater safety course. Stressing the importance of safety, Governor McAuliffe stated “I believe that the bill as passed endangers those Virginians who make use of public waterways.”  Since the education requirement was enacted in 2007, the number of accidents has dropped significantly from an average of 119 to 64 in 2013, and fatalities have dropped from an average of 21 to 11 in 2013. 
Missouri Passes Legislation to Encourage Recreational Boating and Promote Safety
The Missouri Legislature has passed a bill that will make it easier for non-residents and Missourians to rent boats.Senate Bill 785 creates a temporary boating safety education card for out-of-state renters, as well as expanding the one-time opportunity for state residents. The legislation supports the boating industry by making it easier for people to experience boating without the commitment required to take the state-required boating safety course.  Boaters operating vessels that are not rented still must complete the mandatory safety course. The bill has been sent to Governor Jay Nixon for his approval.