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SF 3624

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/10/2020 08:22am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

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A bill for an act
relating to natural resources; regulating wake surfing on waters of this state;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2018, sections 86B.005, by adding subdivisions;
86B.315, subdivision 1, by adding subdivisions.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 86B.005, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 17a. new text end

new text begin Wake surfer. new text end

new text begin "Wake surfer" means a person who wake surfs.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 86B.005, is amended by adding a subdivision to
read:


new text begin Subd. 17b. new text end

new text begin Wake surf. new text end

new text begin "Wake surf" means:
new text end

new text begin (1) to surf a wake, regardless of whether the surfer is being pulled by a tow rope attached
to the watercraft that is producing the wake; or
new text end

new text begin (2) to operate a boat that creates a wake that is, or is intended to be, surfed by another
person.
new text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 86B.315, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Observer or mirror required.

A person may not new text beginwake surf on waters
of this state or
new text endoperate a watercraft on waters of this state deleted text beginand create a wake for a wake
surfer or tow
deleted text endnew text begin while towingnew text end a person on water skis, an aquaplane, a surfboard, a saucer, or
a similar device unless:

(1) there is another person in the watercraft in addition to the operator who is in a position
to continually observe the person being towed; or

(2) the boat is equipped with a mirror providing the operator a wide field of vision to
the rear.

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 86B.315, is amended by adding a subdivision to
read:


new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Distance from shore. new text end

new text begin On waters of this state, a person may not wake surf at
greater than slow-no wake speed within 200 feet of a:
new text end

new text begin (1) shoreline;
new text end

new text begin (2) dock;
new text end

new text begin (3) swimmer;
new text end

new text begin (4) raft used for swimming or diving; or
new text end

new text begin (5) moored, anchored, or nonmotorized watercraft.
new text end

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 86B.315, is amended by adding a subdivision to
read:


new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Requirements for wake surfing. new text end

new text begin A person may not wake surf unless the
watercraft used to wake surf is powered with a propeller that is forward of the watercraft's
transom or swim platform or powered by a jet drive.
new text end