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Old 05-18-2017   #1
 
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Your call to exempt throw cushins needed NOW!

Throw Rope In Lieu Of Throw Cushion

Hey SUP folks and rafters!! Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) has just introduced a re-authorization bill for the United States Coast Guard, S.1129. The bill includes the following language:

SEC. 305. EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS; EXEMPTION FROM THROWABLE PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICES.

Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the department in which the Coast Guard is operating shall revise section 175.17 of title 33, Code of Federal Regulations, to exempt paddleboards and rafts from the requirement for carriage of an additional throwable personal flotation device if each person is required to wear a personal flotation device while under way and at least 1 rescue throw bag, as typically used in whitewater rafting, is on board.

Senator Mike Lee of Utah needs to hear from river runners that paddle Utah rivers tomorrow morning! Markup for the bill is at 10:00 am today in Washington DC. Please leave a voice mail at the Senators office right NOW thanking him for this inclusion in the bill and urge him to vote to pass the bill.

Senator Lees office number in Washington DC is 202-224-5444

Do it NOW when you get up and have a cup of coffee and think about your next river trip.

Please share this post and e-mail it to your paddling and rafting friends!


This is from a River Runners For Wilderness riverwire that went out last night.

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Nice phone call this morning. The nice gentleman who answered the phone was a bit taken aback someone was calling to heap praise on his boss. Now is your time!
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We have until 9:30 DC time...
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YAY!!! Good news! The bill, with throw rope in lieu of throw cushion language included, passed out of committee and Senator Lee voted yes!! Thanks for your calls! The bill is now most likely headed to the Senate floor the end of next week.
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Thanks Tom.

Was there anything else in the bill besides throw cushion stuff? Like things that may be detrimental to conservation efforts in the long run?

Just curious.
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Andy, Good question. You can see the mark-up here:

https://www.commerce.senate.gov/publ...E.eas17316.pdf

Give it a review and report back please.
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