New Laws for 2008

Discussion in 'LOCAL ILLINOIS TALK' started by DeerHunter01, Dec 28, 2007.

  1. DeerHunter01

    DeerHunter01 New Member

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    This information is from fishnfwl, He thought some of you would like to know the new boating laws made for 2008.
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    Public Act 095-0107
    HB1553 EnrolledLRB095 09046 DRH 29237 b
    AN ACT concerning transportation.
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly:
    Section 5. The Boat Registration and Safety Act is amended by adding Section 5-22 as follows:
    (625 ILCS 45/5-22 new) Sec. 5-22.


    Operation of watercraft upon the approach of an authorized emergency watercraft.
    (a) As used in this Section, "authorized emergency watercraft" includes any watercraft operated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Police, the Illinois Department of State Police, a county sheriff, a local law enforcement agency, a fire department, a provider of emergency medical services, or the United States Coast Guard, equipped with alternately flashing red, red and white, red and blue, or red in combination with white or blue lights, while engaged in official duties. Any authorized emergency watercraft must be clearly emblazoned with markings identifying it as a watercraft operated by the qualifying agency.

    (b) Upon the immediate approach of an authorized emergency watercraft making use of rotating or flashing visual signals and lawfully making use of a visual signal, the operator of every other watercraft shall yield the right-of-way and shall immediately reduce the speed of the watercraft, so as not to create a wake, and shall yield way to the emergency watercraft, moving to the right to permit the safe passage of the emergency watercraft, and shall stop and remain in that position until the authorized emergency watercraft has passed, unless otherwise directed by a police officer.

    (c) Upon approaching a stationary authorized emergency watercraft, when the authorized emergency watercraft is giving a signal by displaying rotating or alternately flashing red, red and white, red and blue, or red in combination with white or blue lights, a person operating an approaching watercraft shall proceed with due caution at no-wake speed and yield the right-of-way by moving safely away from that authorized emergency watercraft, proceeding with due caution at a no-wake speed with due regard to safety and water conditions, maintaining no-wake speed until sufficiently away from the emergency watercraft so as not to create a wake that would otherwise rock or otherwise disturb the authorized emergency watercraft.

    (d) This Section shall not operate to relieve the operator of an authorized emergency watercraft from the duty to operate that watercraft with due regard for the safety of all persons using the waterway.

    (e) A person who violates this Section commits a business offense punishable by a fine of not less than $100 or more than $10,000. It is a factor in aggravation if the person committed the offense while in violation of Section 5-16 of this Act.

    (f) If a violation of this Section results in damage to the property of another person, in addition to any other penalty imposed, the person's watercraft operating privileges shall be suspended for a fixed period of not less than 90 days and not more than one year.

    (g) If a violation of this Section results in injury to another person, in addition to any other penalty imposed, the person's watercraft operating privileges shall be suspended for a fixed period of not less than 180 days and not more than 2 years.

    (h) If a violation of subsection (c) of this Section results in great bodily harm or permanent disability or disfigurement to, or the death of, another person, in addition to any other penalty imposed, the person's watercraft operating privileges shall be suspended for 2 years.

    (i) The Department of Natural Resources shall, upon receiving a record of a judgment entered against a person under this Section: (1) suspend the person's watercraft operating privileges for the mandatory period; or (2) extend the period of an existing suspension by the appropriate mandatory period.

    Effective Date: 1/1/2008
     
  2. DeerHunter01

    DeerHunter01 New Member

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    December 27, 2007 at 12:06 PM
    SPRINGFIELD—An amended agreement has been adopted by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources outlining regulations which allow licensed sport and commercial anglers from either state to fish in the Illinois-Kentucky boundary waters of the Ohio River.

    Fishery administrators, biologists, and law enforcement officers from the two agencies developed the amended agreement to make it easier for sport and commercial fishermen to obey fishing regulations of both states.

    “This new agreement updates those fishing regulations that are uniform to both states and those that vary somewhat between Illinois and Kentucky,” said IDNR Acting Director Sam Flood. “We want anglers from both states and visitors to our region to enjoy their time fishing the Illinois-Kentucky boundary waters of the Ohio River, while at the same time help to protect and manage this great fishery properly.”

    “This amendment clarifies and creates regulatory parity for the anglers utilizing this valuable resource,” said Dr. Jon Gassett, Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

    Anglers are advised to review existing state fishing regulations for the Ohio River for both Illinois and Kentucky. Most existing state sport fishing regulations remain unchanged.

    Highlights resulting from the amended agreement include:


    Each state recognizes the sport and commercial fishing licenses and permits of the other state on the main stem and from the banks of the Ohio River, excluding bays and tributaries where the Ohio River forms the state boundary.


    Provisions of the new amendment apply to sport and commercial fishing and do not include musseling.


    All anglers may continue to fish bank to bank on the main stem of the Ohio with a license issued by either Illinois or Kentucky. All fishermen must conform to the regulations of the state in which they are fishing unless regulations of their licensing state are more restrictive. In that case, anglers must conform to the more restrictive regulations.


    Anglers fishing from the Ohio River bank in either Illinois or Kentucky must obey the regulations of the state where the sport fishing is occurring.


    Snagging was not and still is not allowed from the Illinois bank of the Ohio River.


    Kentucky bow fishermen may not harvest paddlefish or catfish from Illinois waters.


    Illinois commercial fishermen (like Kentucky commercial fishermen) cannot fish within 50 yards of an outlet or inlet of an overflow lake or mouth of a river or stream on the Kentucky bank of the Ohio River.


    Illinois commercial fishermen (like Kentucky commercial fishermen) cannot fish above a line perpendicular to the end of the outer lock wall at Smithland Dam - or above a line perpendicular from the circular cell portion of the end of the longest lock wall at Dam 52 and Dam 53. In Kentucky waters, when wickets forming the dams at 52 and 53 are partially or totally removed, the restricted fishing area is enforced until the circular cell at the lock wall is totally submerged.


    Illinois licensed commercial fishermen fishing in Illinois waters of the Ohio River may fish the Illinois sturgeon season which is open from Oct. 1 through May 30. Illinois commercial anglers fishing in Kentucky waters must comply with Kentucky’s sturgeon season. The season in Kentucky is open from Oct. 15 through May 15.


    Kentucky commercial fishermen (like Illinois commercial fishermen) cannot fish trotlines under 24 inch spacing in Illinois waters.


    Kentucky commercial roe fishermen (like Illinois roe fishermen) fishing trammel and gill nets in Illinois waters must attend those nets from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Central Standard Time and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daylight Saving Time from Oct. 15 through April 30. Other Kentucky commercial fishermen not roe fishing in Illinois waters must attend their gill and trammel nets during the period of Oct. 1 through April 30 from sunrise to sunset.



    Illinois commercial fishermen in Kentucky waters cannot remove the roe from sturgeon, bowfin and paddlefish. The roe must be left in the body cavity whole and intact while on the water or on the adjacent bank.


    Wildlife law enforcement officials from either state may inspect the licenses, harvest limits, creel limits and equipment of any person on the Ohio River subject to laws of either state.
     

  3. bearcat

    bearcat Member

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    It is about time that Kentucky and ILL get this agreement done. It will help the ILL fishermen that want to fish the ohio river. Before you couldnt fish the Ohio river without a kentucky license. A big thanks to ILL and Kentucky for this.
     
  4. fishnfwl

    fishnfwl New Member

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    Yep, and it may be a good step into getting a working relation with Mo., seems all they can do is argue about everything from a new bridge to river laws....
     
  5. bwhupp

    bwhupp New Member

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    Forgive my ignorance... but why isn't there a US Fishing License period?

    I'd rather pay 40 bucks to fish anywhere in the US for the year instead of buying license to each state.. plus rivers crossing states and such.

    I am sure there is a good reason why there isn't a US Fishing License vs State License. Other than the loss of revenue I guess per state for licenses.
     
  6. DeerHunter01

    DeerHunter01 New Member

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    I agree with you 100% this year I had 20 different state fishing license, and it gets unreal for the costs for all the more fishing you do in that state.

    I bet I spent close to $500.00 on fishing license for 2007.
     
  7. JERMSQUIRM

    JERMSQUIRM New Member

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    ya thst would be nice. i and all of the rest of us spend $13-20 on a 3 day pass at gatherings. and not to mention having to stop and find a place to get a liscense. then im never checked. seems foolish but ide rather spend the $15 than pay the fine of not having it.
     
  8. Goofy

    Goofy Member

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    Moline, Illinois
    Maybe the BOC could spearhead a drive to our Representatives and Senators to get a National Licence. Maybe a draft request from BOC letterhead to be used for notifying the elected officials.