WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15, 1956 ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH PAGE FIVE Seek Stronger Regulations For Boats By DON E. C11AMBKRLAIN Telegraph C'orrnsptindriif CHICAGO (Special) — Legislation for stronger regulation of motor boats and water speed craft in Illinois is expected to be sponsored in the State General Assembly next January by State Rep. Warren L. Wood, Plainfield. Indications are it may be patterned after the uniform boat regulatory law developed by the Outboard Boating Club of America. The Illinois Legislative Council, Springfield, pursuant to a request by Wood, House speaker in the 69th session, has prepared a research report on the subject of regulation by 1he federal and state government over watercraft. The report deals with safety considerations, speed limits, registration and inspection plus the need for penalty provisions and proper enforcement. The council in a summary of its research said the sharp rise during recent years of inters! in boating and other recreational activities involving use of water areas has produced a proportionately substantial increase in the pressures for re-evaluating boating regulatory laws at all levels of government. It said that inventory of Illinois statutes on the subject reveals that there are a dozen or more enactments now which cover nearly every boat used for every purpose, that the list includes two separate measures specifically designated as acts to regulate motor boats. Both cover boats up to 65 feet long. Different Solutions "Different states have attempted solution of their problems with regard to boating regulations in different ways," the council reported. "Some of the boating laws are very comprehensive in their coverage, as in Indiana, where every boat of every type and size is subject to the boating laws. New York law, too, specified all boats but sets rowboats and canoes apart." The council said present Illinois boat law seem reasonably adequate regarding safety equipment requirements for motorboats if comparisons with requirements of federal statues and the laws of other states are accepted as the standard but that some changes in the cquipmem requirements might be deemed desireable, also whether there should be special provision on rental of craft on a "you-drive- it" basis. Last year Gov. William G. Stratton vetoed legislation which would have regulated operation of boats-for-hire on Illinos rivers, lakes and ponds. Its enactment had been sought by the state Department of Conservation for the purpose of eliminating "nuisance and reckless" boat operators particularly on the Fox, Illinois and Mississippi rivers. BUI Too Broad The governor in vetoing the bill said it was "so broad in its terms that it could well be more of a nuisance to small boat owners than a benefit to the public" but added "undoubtedly the growing use of motor boats and speed craft will (eventually) make necessary the enactment of regulatory measures." Wood's request for a research report by the legislative council is an outgrowth of the veto. Glen D. Palmer, Yorkville, director of the stale Department of Conservation, said the problem confronting government agencies may best be shown by the fact outboard motoring has become so popular that the department is increasingly faced with finding parking space for automobiles and trailers belonging to motorists who transport their boats to watering spots. Palmer said an instance of the "headace" the situation is giving the state is that in the Chicago metropolitan area along there are thousands of various kinds of motorboats transported every weekend. He estimated that there are 50,000 such boat owners in the Chicago area and equally as many in downstate. A second problem, Palmer said, is providing access roads to water areas. Hedge Sidelight An interesting sidelight on the current Hodge scandal is that Hodge's regular appropriation and emergency deficiency appropriation representing an in crease of almost two million dollars passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 1292 and the Senate by a vote of 41-0, in the 1955 General Assembly. Voting against both the regulai appropriation and the deficiency appropriation were Rep. Paul Simon, Democrat of Troy, and Rep. Ralph Stephenson, Republican of Moline. Simon said Hodge asked him to change his vote but that he de-, clined. Simon was quoted by a Chicago newspaper as saying that he was unaware of what was going on 'n Hodge's office, but felt a huge increase was being made in Hodge's appropriation without adequate explanation. 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