Governor Signs Rep. Pritchard’s Boat Racing Reform

Springfield, IL… Governor Rauner has signed a bill reforming regulations on boating that was introduced by State Representative Bob Pritchard’s (R-Hinckley). House Bill 4369 removes requirements that participants in a sanctioned and insured boat race in Illinois have a valid Boating Safety Certificate of Competence.

Pritchard said current regulations discourage out-of-state boat racers from participating in Illinois events and makes it impossible for youth between the ages of 12 to 18 to compete. “A constituent alerted me to limitations in the current law that were discouraging participation in Illinois races,” the Representative said. “This change will not affect boating safety and will help encourage participation in races especially from other states and increase the tourism dollars these participants will bring to Illinois.”

The change in law removes the requirement that youth have an adult riding with them during races sanction by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and that racers have Illinois Certificates of Competence. “This change only affects sanctioned races and does not change requirements for pleasure boating, Pritchard explained. “I fully support boating safety, but also want to make Illinois more inviting for tourism and participation in our events.”