Boating Safety

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A proposal to require all boaters born in 1989 or later to pass a safety course isn't being well received by water enthusiasts, who call it unnecessary government intrusion. The bill has been passed by the Legislature and Governor Doyle is expected to sign it. IIt would require people born on or after January 1st, 1989, to be certified by the state to operate everything from high-speed power boats to personal watercraft like Jet Skis. A person would be certified after taking an eight-hour class that costs $10. Uncertified boaters could face fines of up to $200.