Oregon DoGooders Strike Again, Taxpayers Lose

Baby-in-Water

HB 2321 the Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Program gives the Department of Fish & Wildlife (DOFW) a new tool for obtaining revenue from Oregonians. The 2017 HB 2321 bill has been amended to remove any ambiguity small kids may have regarding their obligation to obtain proper water permits when interacting with Oregonian public water facilities. The law gives authorities power to write citations when drain plugs aren’t removed from boats when exiting water facilities. And, in the event a driver does not stop for inspection, law enforcement is authorized to make vehicle owners return for inspection if within 5 miles of the evading offense.

Not only are boaters required to remove drain plugs, they can also be sited for allowing water to gather in their ballast tanks, motorwells, bilges and more. Because of this, inspections are required to ensure no water vehicle leaving any facility has any standing water. HB 2321 applies to the young beginning at age 14. The Act requires all non-motorized craft users to pay permit fees along with an agent fee for the permit. The law was created and will be enforced as the State of Oregon wants to ensure invasive species of aquatic life remain in their native pastures & aren’t transported or moved to non-indigenous areas.

Oregonians not familiar with mudsnail facts, Quaqqa mussel facts and others can read the published documentation on why such species should not be allowed to spread giving readers more confidence in understanding why the new law is needed. Punishment for failing to comply carries a maximum penalty of 30 days in jail and/or a $ 1,250 fine. Because of this new law the Oregon State Marine Board (OSMB) is expecting new revenues to exceed 300K to 500K Biennium during the onset of the program. Because of this financial boon the state is requesting an additional law enforcement position be approved to help with enforcement activities.

During a scuffle at a waterway a child with a soda cap full of water was interrogated by local authorities for not obtaining permission for having an-uninspected cap of standing water. When the kids parents came over to intervene the officer said Mam you have water in your mouth I’m going to have to site you for a violation. Then the officer said Sir you have water in your pants, I’ll have to site you as well. Then the mother reached over grabbed her husband’s private parts and said he’s hung, that’s not water, don’t write him a ticket for that you prick.

More can be found at http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/info/Pages/Agency-Bills-for-2017.aspx and at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/conservationstrategy/invasive_species/quagga_zebra_mussel.asp and at http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/boater-info/Pages/Aquatic-Invasive-Species-Program-Frequently-Asked-Questions.aspx and at https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Downloads/MeasureAnalysisDocument/38585 and at https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/HB2321/B-Engrossed and at https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/HB2321/House%20Amendments%20to%20Introduced