ACMA Meets at MDCE to Advise MRAA on 2014 Legislative Agenda
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Posted by: Larry Innis
Representatives from fifteen marine
trades associations met under the Advisory Council of Marine Associations
(ACMA) at the Marine Dealer Conference and Expo (MDCE) to review legislative
and regulatory activity at the states and federal government. ACMA serves as the legislative committee of
the MRAA Board and prepares resolutions which are presented to the MRAA Board
for approval. These resolutions serve as
a guide for MRAA positions and legislative strategy and priorities for the
of the 2013 federal legislative year that were discussed include ethanol,
efforts to reduce red tape and regulation, dredging, tax reform, and EPA
activity on copper bottom paint.
state marine trades associations expressed their activities on the longshore
insurance issue, impacts of bridge schedules on boating, tow boat issues,
specific concerns about dredging and the need for supplemental funding, OAHA
rules over marinas and boat yards, increased enforcement of the EPA over bottom
washing, problems with abandoned boats,
sales tax exemption for boat trade-ins, problems with the spreading of zebra
mussels and Asian carp, effects of
hurricane Sandy on the boating industry, and repeal of a luxury tax on boats.
passed six resolutions that will be presented to the MRAA Board for review and
1.) Take action to protect the personal
home mortgage interest deduction as applied to vessel ownership.
2.) Take action to support repeal of the
renewable fuel program to reduce the impact of ethanol or eliminate it
3.) Take action to strongly oppose
mandatory adult PFD wear by the Coast Guard and leave that decision to
4.) Take action to investigate the
possibility of funding for dredging of recreational boating harbors that would
be provided from the Harbor Trust Fund.
5.) Take action to advocate for the
downsizing of the federal government while increasing competition through
privatization of government services.
6.) Take action to be an advocate and
supporter of a revision to Moss-Magnuson fishing legislation during it
re-authorization calling for more time and attitude to the US Fish and Wildlife
Service to rebuild over-fished stocks using reliable scientific research and
Polan, Executive Director of the Michigan Boating Industries Association was
elected chair of ACMA for 2014.