Alaska legislators are considering a bill that would require smaller boats to obtain a title issued by the state Division of Motor Vehicles.
KTOO Public Media in Juneau reports the bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Peter Micciche aims to reduce the number of vessels becoming derelict and abandoned along the state’s waterways.
Micciche told the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday that the bill intends to help officials track ownership of boats, so they can address the issue before boats become abandoned.
Vessels of at least 5 tons that are federally documented are currently not required to register with the state. The state only requires a bill of sale on vessels.
Juneau harbor officials have impounded and ordered destroyed more than 30 vessels that were in poor condition since 2014.