Kasich signs boat boarding ban bill

Gov. John Kasich came to town to fish, but before he left he signed a bill to help northern Ohio’s boating industry.
Tom Jackson
Jul 12, 2013

The governor, who came to Ohio for the annual “Fish Ohio” event, signed House Bill 29 by state Rep. Rex Damschroder, R-Fremont. The measure prohibits state and local law enforcement officers from boarding boats unless they have a reason.

Damschroder, who said he has received many complaints from recreational boaters about being harassed when they’ve done nothing wrong, said his measure simply adopts the same standard for boats on Lake Erie that applies to motorists who are driving on Ohio’s roads. When officers are patrolling the street, they have to have a reason to pull you over, he said. He said officers can still board boats if they see evidence of drinking or unsafe behavior.     

Kasich signed the bill at the Lake Erie Shores and Islands visitor center on Ohio 53 in Ottawa County after participating in Fish Ohio. The governor said he wants people to enjoy themselves when they are out on the lake. “If you’re acting irresponsibly, we’re going to crack down on you. We want boating safety,” the governor said. Kasich acknowledged that his bill doesn’t apply to federal agencies such as the Coast Guard, which has been issuing citations for drunken boating on Lake Erie. State officials “need to aggressively communicate with our partners in the federal government,” Kasich said.       

The governor bragged that he caught two fish during Fish Ohio, an annual event in Ottawa County that takes state officials out fishing to promote northern Ohio’s fishing industry. He also said he plans to visit Stone Laboratory.   

Rick Unger, president of the Lake Erie Charter Boat Association, said Kasich met with charter boat captains when he was running for governor and promised to stay in touch with them. He’s kept that promise, Unger said.    The governor said he has been visiting the lake since he was a child and talked about efforts his administration has taken to battle harmful algal blooms.

“This lake, it might be the greatest asset we have in the state of Ohio, other than the people,” he said.



Re: "Less intrusion by the law,"

IMO, more shadow than substance.

"The measure prohibits state and local law enforcement officers from boarding boats unless they have a reason."

"Reason" can have a BROAD definition.

Loved how the cops in Mayfield Hts. used ignorance of the law:


"Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them." - "Atlas Shrugged"


This bill does not prevent FEDERAL agencies from boarding your boat anytime they want. What use is it when the boardings are done by the Coast guard?


Does this apply to inland lakes. when we go down to mifflin lake they always board and check



Very good point but it’s not all about Lake Erie. Let’s not forget who authored the bill, Rep. Rex Damschroder of Fremont, Sandusky County and running directly through Sandusky County is the Sandusky River. And yes you probably guessed it, the Sandusky County Sheriff’s department has a river patrol boat. Many of my boating friends over there were so tired of being boarded repeatedly that they just docked their boats. Now they’ll just probably partner with a Federal boarder patrol agent on board and circumvent the state law.

Pterocarya frax...

Let us also remember that one of the cosponsors of this bill was Lynn Wachtmann (R) of Napoleon. Wachtmann was arrested for DUI on his boat in Michigan in 2000. Wachtmann is also well known for introducing anti abortion legislation like the Heartbeat bill. Glad to see these guys are working so hard on creating the right climate to help the economy recover and create jobs.


Kinda mirrors Obamas climate to help the economy recover and create jobs.

The Big Dog's back

Has the 1 percent committed treason?
A small group of extremely wealthy people are systematically destroying the US government
By Robert Reich

Permit me an impertinent question (or three).

Suppose a small group of extremely wealthy people sought to systematically destroy the U.S. government by (1) finding and bankrolling new candidates pledged to shrinking and dismembering it; (2) intimidating or bribing many current senators and representatives to block all proposed legislation, prevent the appointment of presidential nominees, eliminate funds to implement and enforce laws, and threaten to default on the nation’s debt; (3) taking over state governments in order to redistrict, gerrymander, require voter IDs, purge voter rolls, and otherwise suppress the votes of the majority in federal elections; (4) running a vast PR campaign designed to convince the American public of certain big lies, such as climate change is a hoax, and (5) buying up the media so the public cannot know the truth.

Would you call this treason?

If not, what would you call it?

And what would you do about it?


Re: "Robert Reich"

WTF does RR have to do with Lake Erie???

Regardless: RR = Racist nutball.



Big Dog cannot stay on topic yet again.

I live at Holiday Lakes and yes, when the ODNR has made their presence, they board everyone's boat for no reason other than to scour the boat for anything they can write a ticket for.

Fact: they only come to Holiday Lakes at 11pm at night on random nights harassing pontoon boaters who are either floating or going 2 mph. It's ridiculous


One of the rationales for separation found in the Declaration of Independence:

"He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance."

Look familiar?


yes sir

Edwin Ison

Refuse to allow them to board.

Edwin Ison

And videotape any interactions with them.


Fear of Big Brother and intrusion + having a Facebook account = retarded.

The Big Dog's back

ROFLMAO! So true, so true.