(A) The division of watercraft shall be administered by the chief of the division of watercraft. The chief may adopt, amend, and rescind:
(1) Rules considered necessary by the chief to supplement the identification, operation, titling, use, registration, and numbering of watercraft or vessels as provided in this chapter and Chapter 1548. of the Revised Code;
(2) Rules governing the navigation of vessels on waters in this state, including, but not limited to, rules regarding steering and sailing, the conduct of vessels in sight of one another or in restricted visibility, lights and shapes of lights used on vessels, and sound and light signals. As the chief considers necessary, these navigational rules shall be consistent with and equivalent to the regulations and interpretive rulings governing inland waters adopted or issued under the "Inland Navigational Rules Act of 1980," 94 Stat. 3415, 33 U.S.C.A. 151, 1604, 1605, 1608, 2001 to 2008, and 2071 to 2073.
(3) Rules governing the use, visitation, protection, and administration of wild river areas, scenic river areas, and recreational river areas;
(4) Rules governing vessel safety inspection checkpoints, including procedures that comply with statutory and constitutional provisions governing searches and seizures by law enforcement officers;
(5) Rules establishing fees and charges for all of the following:
(a) Boating skill development classes and other educational classes;
(b) Law enforcement services provided at special events when the services are in addition to normal enforcement duties;
(c) Inspections of vessels or motors conducted under this chapter or Chapter 1548. of the Revised Code;
(d) The conducting of stream impact reviews of any planned or proposed construction, modification, renovation, or development project that may potentially impact a watercourse within a designated wild, scenic, or recreational river area.
All rules adopted by the chief under division (A) of this section shall be adopted in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code and are subject to the prior approval of the director of natural resources.
(B) The chief, with the approval of the director, may employ such clerical and technical help as the chief considers necessary.
(C) The chief may designate license agents with the approval of the director.
(D) The division is hereby designated as the agency to administer the Ohio boating safety program and allocated federal funds under, and the chief shall prepare and submit reports in such form as may be required by, the "Federal Boat Safety Act of 1971," 85 Stat. 222, 46 U.S.C.A. 1475(a)(6), as amended.
(E) The chief may sell any of the following:
(1) Items related to or that promote boating safety, including, but not limited to, pins, badges, books, bulletins, maps, publications, calendars, and other educational articles;
(2) Artifacts pertaining to boating;
(3) Confiscated or forfeited items;
(4) Surplus equipment.
Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. 26, HB 29, §1, eff. 7/10/2013.
Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.9, HB 1, §101.01, eff. 7/17/2009.
Effective Date: 03-18-1999