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HB 1188 - Navigation Rights for River Outfitters - Key Vote

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Legislation - Nonconcurrence Vote Passed (House) (41-21) -
Legislation - Bill Passed With Amendment (Senate) (21-14) - (Key vote)

Title: Navigation Rights for River Outfitters

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that authorizes a study to clarify laws concerning navigation of boaters through private property.

Highlights:
-Authorizes the Colorado Water Congress to conduct a study regarding the legal, economic, environmental, and law enforcement issues related to boating through private property, funded solely through private grants and donations (Sec. 1). -Requires the Colorado Water Congress to complete the study by October 31, 2010 and submit a report with recommended legislative changes to the General Assembly by November 30, 2010 (Sec. 1).
Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (40-25) - (Key vote)

Title: Navigation Rights for River Outfitters

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that clarifies Colorado's navigation laws.

Highlights:
-Authorizes river guides, without committing criminal trespass, to gain access to waterways from public land or private land with consent under the following conditions (Sec. 2):
    -The vessel passes over or through private property; -The river guide makes no more than incidental contact with the bed or banks of the waterway; and -The river guide makes contact with the bed or banks only in order to avoid a hazard.
-Specifies that a landowner's liability to a river guide who passes through private property is limited to damages deliberately caused by the landowner unless the river guide is invitee or licensee of the landowner (Sec. 2). -Specifies that a river guide who passes through private property while on a regulated trip is liable for all damages caused (Sec. 2). -Requires licensed river outfitters to provide adequate equipment in a serviceable condition as required by the Board of Parks and Outdoor Recreation, and that every vessel be clearly marked with the river guide's name and license number (Sec. 3).
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Navigation Rights for River Outfitters

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