The fifth annual California Boating Congress (CBC) will be held from March 30-31 in the state’s capital city of Sacramento.

Hosted by the Marine Recreation Association (MRA), which has represented marinas on the US west coast and Hawaii, along with Australia, Canada and Mexico, for nearly 50 years, the CBC will bring the marine industry and boating community together at the California State Capital to meet with state legislators and regulators to remind them of the importance and economic impact of the marine industry and recreational boating in California.

Keynote speaker for this year’s event will be Robert Newsome, Sr Vice President of Strategy, Engineering Standards, & Membership for the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), who will provide an important overview of the Economic Impact of the Marine Industry and Recreational Boating in California.

Other breakout sessions include the value of the 12-month state fishing license, potential changes in the sales and use tax, and a review of The Department of Boating & Waterways, followed by a summary of legislative and regulatory issues affecting recreational boating in the state. Attendees will then converge on the state capital for visits with law makers and staff.

This year’s Congress is being co-hosted by 11 other boating-related groups, including NMMA, California Marine Affairs and Navigation Conference, BoatUS, Personal Watercraft Industry Association, California Sportfishing League, Recreational Boaters of California, Sacramento Valley Marine Association, California Association of Harbor Masters & Port Captains, California Yacht Brokers Association and the American Boat Builders & Repairers Association.

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