New bill also requires boat operators to take a towing safety education course every two years

The Oregon Legislative Assembly has approved a towed watersports program that includes a biannual US$124 permitting fee. The bill now awaits Governor Kate Brown’s signature.

HB2352 creates the permit fee for a 17-mile portion of the Willamette River and would also require boat operators to take a towing safety education course every two years.

Under the provision a boater who incurs two towing-related infractions – like failure to have a spotter - would be banned from operating any boat anywhere in the state for a period of one year. The boat could not be used for towing by anyone for the same time.

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) was part of a coalition opposing the measure.

Governor Brown is expected to sign the legislation into law.

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