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H.57

Introduced by Representatives Maier of Middlebury and Nuovo of Middlebury

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Recreation and sports; notice of event; public safety; triathlons

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to remove triathlons from the events required to obtain public safety approval.

AN ACT RELATING TO TRIATHLONS

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  23 V.S.A. § 3316 is amended to read;

§ 3316.  REGATTAS; RACES; MARINE PARADES; TOURNAMENTS;

               WATER SKIING EVENTS OR EXHIBITIONS; TRIATHLONS

(a)  The commissioner of the department of public safety may authorize the holding of public regattas, motorboat or other boat races, marine parades, tournaments, water skiing events, or exhibitions, or triathlons on any waters of this state and any associated public roads.  He or she The commissioner shall adopt and may, from time to time, amend rules concerning the safety of observers, participants, and the motorboats and other vessels and persons on these vessels, either observers or participants, and of persons swimming, cycling or running in or observing an event.  Whenever a public regatta, motorboat, or other boat race, marine parade, tournament, water skiing event, or exhibition or triathlon is proposed to be held, the person in charge shall, at least 15 days prior to the event, file an application with the department of public safety for permission to hold the regatta, motorboat or other boat race, marine parade, tournament, water skiing event, exhibition or triathlon. A and a copy of such the application shall be sent to the municipality and organized lake association where the event is to be held 15 days in advance of the event to allow for comment.  The application shall set forth the date, time, and location where it is proposed to hold the regatta, motorboat or other boat race, marine parade, tournament, water skiing event, exhibition or triathlon and it shall not be conducted without authorization of the.  The department of public safety in writing, except that this provision shall provide written notification to the applicant and a copy of the notification to the municipality where the event will be held within five days after the application is received.  This subsection shall not apply to unscheduled boat races to which the public has not been invited.

(b)  The provisions of this section shall not exempt any person from compliance with applicable federal law or regulation, but nothing contained in this section shall be construed to require the securing of a state permit if a permit has been obtained from an authorized agency of the United States.



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