Representative Rob Swearingen and Senator Mary Felzkowski, who have drafted wakesurfing legislation (Bill LRB-3518), as reported in our earlier posts, will be hosting listening sessions on Monday, Nov. 13 to hear input from the public. The proposed bill will allow wake boats to operate at 200 feet from shore on lakes greater than 50 acres. Moreover, the bill will include a provision to prohibit any municipality from passing local regulations that exceed the above limits.
The scheduled locations and times for the November 13th public listening sessions are:
- Eagle River: 10-11 am, City Hall, 525 E Maple St
- Minocqua: 1-2 pm, City Hall, 415 Menominee St
- Rhinelander: 3-4 pm, Public Library, 106 N Stevens St
Anyone interested in providing input or learning more about the draft wakeboat legislation is urged to attend one of the Nov. 13 listening sessions.
If you cannot make the sessions, here is the contact information for the bill’s sponsors: Sen.Felzkowski@legis.wisconsin.gov and Rep.Swearingen@legis.wisconsin.gov. Also, Sen. Felzkowski has issued a statement on the draft bill (see below) with instructions how to learn of public hearing opportunities in the future.
- Draft Bill LRB-3518
- STATEMENT from Senator Mary Felzkowski on wakesurfing bill
- Wisconsin Lakes’ policy recommendations regarding enhanced wakes regulation
- Last Wilderness Alliance wake surfing website
- News article Wakeboarding topic of Nov. 13 listening session published yesterday in Vilas County News-Review
- News story Wake surf legislation introduced in Wisconsin brings boat debate to a head published by WXPR