The time is rapidly approaching for our annual "California Boating Congress." This is an annual event where the marine industry and boating community come to Sacramento to advocate on issues affecting this important part of our State's economy and culture. Because of the success of the first 3 years, the positive feedback from participants, and the participation of our co-hosts, we are expecting this year to grow.
Please mark your calendar for March 6, 2019 and plan to register early. There will be government and industry speakers in the morning and a chance to meet with YOUR legislator in the afternoon. If you are able to come a day early, there will be a cocktail reception the evening before the event on March 5, 2019.
Legislative Summary & Legislator Meeting Instructions Bret Gladfelty, Lobbyist, The Apex Group Schedules will be handed out at this time
Issue Briefings 10:00 - 10:40 Session 1 Room 1: Abandoned Vessel Issues We will be discussing proposed legislation to support the abandon and derelict vessel fund for private marinas and exploring options for new methods and procedures in resolving ADVs. Your input will be invaluable in shaping the solution to this issue. Bret Gladfelty, Lobbyist, The Apex Group
Room 2: Permit Processing in the Marina Industry A brief look at the various regulatory issues in the time consuming, frustrating, and very expensive permitting processes involving in-water work in the California Bay-Delta. Gilbert Labrie, AIA, Architect, DCC Engineering Co., Inc.
Room 3: 2018 Election: Does Political Change Present Anglers Sunny Skies or Rough Waters? As a leading advocate for recreational anglers at the State Capitol, the California Sportfishing League (CSL) has assessed California's ever evolving political environment and its potential impact on recreational fishing, an industry that generates over $4.6 billion in economic activity in California each year. With the recent election of Governor Gavin Newsom and Democrats who gained a two-thirds majority in the State Legislature, are there opportunities to protect access and increase fishing participation rates? CSL's executive director will explore this question, and introduce the organization's mission and 2019 Sportfishing Legislative Agenda. Marko Mlikotin, Executive Director, California Sportfishing League
10:45 - 11:25 Session 2 Room 1: Reducing Sales & Use Tax Reduction - California Coalition for Maritime Development The California Coalition for Maritime Development (CCMD) is looking for additional members to support a campaign to reduce sales and use tax on all watercraft sales in California, and create a cap on the amount of sales and use tax paid for by larger yacht sales. We will be discussing the general plan of action and how members can join the coalition. The state is in the best fiscal shape since the recession, now is the time to take action! Bret Gladfelty, Lobbyist, The Apex Group
Room 3: BCDC - Yesterday, Today & the Future RBOC supports the audit being conducted by the Joint Legislative Audit Committee regarding the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission [BCDC]. RBOC is concerned that recent actions of the commission are contrary to the vital objectives of BCDC that was created in 1965 to protect the Bay, safeguard endangered species and provide public access and enjoyment of the Bay's waters. Ray Durazo, President, Recreational Boaters of California
11:30 - 11:55 Meet Your Regulators Room 1: Department of Parks and Recreation - Legislative Director / Law Enforcement
Room 2: Division of Boating and Waterways - Boating Safety / Accidents Unit
Room 3: State Lands Commission & Division of Boating and Waterways - Abandoned Watercraft Unit
1:30 - 4:30 PM
Meetings at the Capitol
CBC Staff will also schedule your meeting for you. Because some participants will be more comfortable in group meetings,
CBC staff will be scheduling group meetings based on the districts represented by the participants that RSVP to attend.If
you want CBC to schedule meetings with your representative you MUST RSVP BY FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2019.
This is critical as there are many demands on the schedule of Legislators and it is very difficult to get a meeting last minute.
If you are unable to RSVP by that date, you will need to schedule your own meeting.
If Received on or before February 15, 2019 $179
If Received after February 15, 2019 $229
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