INDIANAPOLIS | Out-of-state motorboaters spending the summer in Indiana soon may no longer have to re-register their boats with the state.
The House on Monday voted 95-0 for House Bill 1564, which allows a motorboat registered in another state to operate in Indiana waters for 180 days without having to obtain an Indiana registration number.
Current law requires out-of-state motorboats be registered in Indiana after 60 days in the state.
House Democratic Leader Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, co-sponsored the legislation. He said the measure will bring Indiana law in line with the three other states that border Lake Michigan.
The other co-sponsor, state Rep. Sean Eberhart, R-Shelbyville, said he expects the proposal will promote tourism and create jobs.
"This bill will welcome those out-of-state folks who want to come here and spend their money," Eberhart said.
The legislation now advances to the Senate.