HARRISBURG – Legislation by Allegheny County Sen. Devlin Robinson to change the timing of boat registrations in PA has been approved by the state Senate Game and Fisheries Committee. Senate Bill 403 aligns the PA Fish and Boat Commission’s boat registration period with the calendar year. An outdated provision in the Fish and Boat Code that specifies that boat registrations last from April 1 to March 31 of the second year creates significant confusion especially with inexperienced boaters who believe their registration is valid longer than it really is. Expired boat registrations are one of the most common violations that the Commission’s Waterways Conservation Officers encounter in the field. Under the bill, the boat registration period would last two years, beginning on January 1 and extend until December 31 of the second year such as Jan. 1, 2021, to Dec. 31, 2022. The bill now goes to the full Senate for consideration.

SEN. DEVLIN ROBINSON