Member Advisory: Nov. 28, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
Posted by: Matt Gruhn
MRAA Board Approves ACMA Resolutions
Setting 2012 Legislative Agenda
of Directors for the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas recently
approved three resolutions written by its Advisory Council of Marine Associations.
ACMA met in Orlando, Fla., prior to the official opening of the Marine Dealer
Conference and Expo on Nov. 7. The members of ACMA consist of local, state, and
regional marine trades associations, and they advise the MRAA Board on key
national legislative issues and legislative strategies ACMA has long served as
the MRAA’s Legislative Committee.
For 2012, ACMA recommend MRAA to:
forward the opinion that mandatory PFD wear is a decision that is better made
at the state. MRAA has strongly opposed mandatory adult PFD wear for many
years, and recently has stopped a mandatory wear requirement on Lake Meade,
commented in opposition to the potential of the Army Corps of Engineers
mandatory wear requirement on all of its lakes, and opposed U.S. Coast Guard
attempts to initiate a wear requirement on all federal waters.
action to protect personal home mortgage deductions, specifically second home
deductions as applied to vessel ownership. MRAA has long opposed elimination of
the second home mortgage interest deduction. This year, MRAA led the issue to
save the deduction when the issue came to the forefront of Congressional action
early in the year during deficit reduction discussion and recently during
consideration by the Super Committee.
action and work against the proliferation of E-15 fuels and encourage the
pursuit of acorn blend alternative to ethanol fuels, such as isobutene. MRAA
has opposed efforts to include E-10 and E-15 blends in gasoline used in marine
engines. MRAA is encouraged by research by marine engine manufacturers, working
with the federal government, that shows promise for a new blend that in early
testing does not adversely impact marine engines.
MRAA has been actively lobbying
against the above issues and many others and will continue to work to protect
the interests of marine retailers.
"MRAA greatly appreciates the
support of ACMA and the hard work of the many state MTAs to craft these
resolutions,” says Matt Gruhn, MRAA President. "Many key issues were discussed
this year. ACMA prioritized the issues
and settled on these three for the basis of MRAA’s key legislative goals for