I read a recent article regarding Sen. Mike Kehoe's sponsorship of this bill which will give businesses that sell or rent watercraft the opportunity to issue temporary boating permits to out-of-state customers. 

I feel this is inappropriate for the following reasons.


I read a recent article regarding Sen. Mike Kehoe's sponsorship of this bill which will give businesses that sell or rent watercraft the opportunity to issue temporary boating permits to out-of-state customers. 
I feel this is inappropriate for the following reasons.

 First, and foremost, the safety issue. 
Currently, this lake is already filled with unknowledgable and disrespectful boaters.  Anyone who has spent time on the water, especially a holiday weekend, have experienced someone who doesn't realize that once you go by in your big cruiser (normally not on plane) the following wake causes numerous issue's with other boaters. 
And the high performance boaters, who have NO daytime speed limit, pass within yards of other boats.
 Now add to this, yet more inexperienced boaters from out-of-state and the problem multiplies.

 Typically, businesses which sell boats have sales which work off commission.

How likely is it going to be to pass up a potential buyer because they don't meet Missouri state law to have an operators permit if born after 1/1/1984.

Who monitors the businesses who issue these temporary permits?  If I worked a job that my income was determined by commission, guess what...somehow, someone is getting a 7 day permit to run around the waters of Missiouri.

 Both the State Senate and House had been lobbied by The Marines Dealer Association to implement such a law, as to stop buyers from going to other states (understand this?) with "less stringent laws."

 I see this a circumvention of current law which is for all OUR SAFETY, while boating on Lake of the Ozarks or any other waters in this state.  The law was implented for a reason and lets not compromise on our safety, we already have enough safety issue's on the lake, we don't need anymore.

 I have taken and passed the USCG Auxiliary Basic skills and seamanship class and am using that knowledge to become a safe boater.  I urge all to do the same.

-Brad Mitchell, Sunrise Beach