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In the Federal Register—Calling All Commenters

CLOSED SEPT 11 Request for Public Comment (Docket No. USCG-2017-0480; extended comment period): U.S. Coast Guard sought input on regulations, guidance documents, and interpretative documents that should be repealed, replaced, or modified. This notice was in response to directives by the Trump administration calling for reductions in regulations and regulatory costs. Click to see NASBLA's submission. All public comments received are available at the docket.

RELATED ACTIVITY: U.S. Coast Guard also assigned a task to the National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC) to help identify regulations for repeal, replacement or modification. NBSAC established a Regulatory Reform Task Subcommittee to make recommendations to full Council. Subcommittee calls were open to the public. The group met in person Oct. 11 as part of the recent NBSAC meeting (see Meeting News) to finalize its recommendations (watch this site for new Homeport links to supporting documents, including teleconference meeting minutes)


See Advocacy - Policy - Federal Register for more information about these notices, recently-closed notices, and final rules that impact recreational boating and RBS programs.


Meeting News

Adjourned  The 98th meeting of the National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC) was held Oct. 10-12, 2017, Arlington, VA. Homeport is under renovation; watch this site for new links to meeting postings and Council-approved recommendations from its Regulatory Reform Task Subcommittee.


It's a wrap!  NASBLA's 58th Annual Conference, adjourned in Rapid City, SD, on Sept. 13. Click for conference presentations.

Executive Board updates: Congratulations to Stephanie Weatherington, BLA Arkansas, for a successful year as NASBLA President! On Wed., Sept. 13, she passed the fid to Tom Guess, BLA Virginia, to kick off his year in the lead role on the Executive Board. Best wishes, Tom! And all the best to the newest member of the board, Dan Hesket, BLA Kansas, and to departing member, Darren Rider, BLA Tennessee, who'll relinquish his "Past President" slot to Stephanie.

Committee briefings: On Sun., Sept. 10, attendees were briefed on NASBLA policy committees' 2017 charge work. See written reports at the Charges/Products pages for Education & Outreach; Enforcement & Training; Engineering, Reporting & Analysis; Paddlesports; and Vessel Identification, Registration & Titling.


Grant Opportunities

The U.S. Coast Guard has issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity for the National Non-Profit Organization Grant Program. Application forms and instructions are available at Grants.gov. Search DHS-USCG-2018-001. Deadline for applications is Jan. 26, 2018.



In May, the U.S. Coast Guard released its annual Recreational Boating Statistics publication. The 2016 report shows boating fatalities up 12 percent from 2015, with the 701 recorded deaths representing the highest annual total in the last five years. Check out the Lighthouse’s Get Equipped portal for links to this and previous year’s statistics.


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