House File 664 - Introduced HOUSE FILE 664 BY SORENSEN A BILL FOR An Act providing for the operation of certain water vessels 1 while towing a person without an observer. 2 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 3 TLSB 2473YH (2) 89 th/ns
H.F. 664 Section 1. Section 462A.15, subsection 2, Code 2021, is 1 amended to read as follows: 2 2. This section does not apply to a performer engaged in 3 a professional exhibition , or a person or persons engaged in 4 a professional exhibition , or a person or persons engaged in 5 an activity authorized under section 462A.16 , or a person 6 operating a vessel equipped with a mirror, so located as to 7 reflect to the operator a view of the person or persons being 8 towed, or other equipment that allows the operator to observe 9 the towed person or persons while operating the vessel . 10 EXPLANATION 11 The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with 12 the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly. 13 Current law prohibits a water vessel towing a person from 14 being operated on waters under the jurisdiction of the natural 15 resource commission unless a responsible person, in addition 16 to the operator, is in a position to observe the progress 17 of the person being towed. This prohibition does not apply 18 to performers engaged in a professional exhibition, persons 19 engaged in a professional exhibition, or persons engaged in 20 regattas, races, marine parades, tournaments, or exhibitions. 21 This bill allows a person to operate a vessel while towing a 22 person without an observer if the person operating the vessel 23 is able to observe the towed person while operating the vessel 24 by use of a mirror or other equipment. 25 A violation of Code section 462A.15 is punishable by a 26 scheduled fine of $35. 27 -1- LSB 2473YH (2) 89 th/ns 1/ 1