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Boat trailers get exemption

Sportsmen are, for the most part, a law abiding group. We buy licenses, wear life jackets, put numbers on our boats…etc. etc.  But there is one law that is probably broken in Louisiana more than any other by otherwise good folks. Did you know you have to have your boat trailer inspected every year, just like your car, camper or other trailers? Yep.

What? What you’ve never done that? Well, I would admit I haven’t either, but I have been waiting for the statute of limitations to run out boat trailerbefore admitting guilt.

Thank goodness, I don’t have to wait anymore. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has signed a bill into law this year that specifically exempts boat trailers from the state trailer inspection law.  The law started as House Bill 347 by Rep. Austin Badon of New Orleans and became official on August 1. State law enforcement agencies have never been strict about enforcing it anyway and now that the law is changing, they will be glad not to have to worry about it. And so will the sportsmen…at least those that knew about it to begin with. Rep. Badon was among those. He said he had never heard of it despite being a life-long sportsman. So when he had a chance to do something about it and get it off the books, he did.

We’ve got plenty of laws on the books that are needed. But there are a lot that could use a second look and may not be necessary, or have become outdated, to be reviewed and possible changed or deleted. That would make relaxing and enjoying the outdoors a little more relaxing and enjoyable!

 

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