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Sept. 8, 2003
TPWD Implements Marine Dealer, Boat Titling Changes
AUSTIN, Texas — At its regular meeting Aug. 28, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Commission adopted rules which comply with House Bill 2926, passed during the recent legislative session. Some of the new rules address the following issues:
"This legislation provided administrative cleanup and expansion to laws that protect the consumer and provide for the collection of existing fees outlined by law," said Frances Stiles, manager of boat titling and registration at TPWD.
There are a variety of new rules. Some will begin to be enforced Jan. 1, some March 1. Following is a breakdown by those dates of some new key rules.
"We didn't have lot of control over these dealers — it was a voluntary system but they didn't have to buy a license if they didn't want to," said Dennis Johnston, who was Chief of Marine Enforcement at TPWD until Sept. 1. "If they sell five or more boats or motors in a calendar year, they need to have a license."
Johnston said it's hard to estimate how many marine dealers there are now since it's been a voluntary program but there are about 1,200 people in the state who currently hold a marine dealer's license.
These rules will go to the Texas Register for posting soon. For more information, call Frances Stiles (512) 389-4860 or Al Campos, assistant chief of marine enforcement at (512) 389-4627.
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