SB 1117 Virginia Uniform Certificate of Title for Watercraft Act; adoption of Act, technical amendments.
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Summary as passed: (all summaries)

Watercraft titling certificates; adoption of uniform act; penalty. Repeals Virginia's existing watercraft titling law and enacts in its place the Uniform Certificate of Title for Vessels Act as adopted in 2011 by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. The new act uses the term "watercraft" instead of "vessels" where appropriate to conform to Virginia law. The bill requires the owner of every watercraft of a particular size and type to apply for and obtain a certificate of title, lowering the minimum boat length for which a title is required from 18 feet to 16 feet for boats owned or purchased after July 1, 2014. The bill also details the methods of creation or cancellation of certificates by the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and describes the contents and effects of a certificate, including the availability of a title brand, a permanent designation indicating that a watercraft's hull has been damaged. The bill applies some of the principles of the Uniform Commercial Code to the realm of watercraft by defining the rights of secured parties and purchasers other than secured parties and providing the method for perfecting a security interest. Finally, the bill also establishes the rules for transferring ownership of a watercraft by a transfer statement or by operation of law, sets out the means of acquiring title to an abandoned watercraft, states the duties of the Department, and provides several general provisions. The bill also makes technical amendments. The bill contains an enactment clause making it effective on July 1, 2014.

Full text:
01/09/13  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13100835D  pdf | impact statement
02/22/13  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1117ER)  pdf | impact statement
04/03/13  Senate: Reenrolled bill text (SB1117ER2)  pdf
04/03/13  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0787)  pdf

Amendments:
House amendments
House amendments engrossed
Governor's recommendation

Status:
01/09/13  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13100835D
01/09/13  Senate: Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/24/13  Senate: Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (13-Y 0-N)
01/28/13  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
01/29/13  Senate: Read second time and engrossed
01/30/13  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/02/13  House: Placed on Calendar
02/02/13  House: Read first time
02/02/13  House: Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
02/06/13  House: Assigned ACNRsub: Natural Resources
02/12/13  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (6-Y 1-N)
02/13/13  House: Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with amendments (22-Y 0-N)
02/14/13  House: Read second time
02/15/13  House: Read third time
02/15/13  House: Committee amendments agreed to
02/15/13  House: Engrossed by House as amended
02/15/13  House: Passed House with amendments (93-Y 6-N)
02/15/13  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (93-Y 6-N)
02/19/13  Senate: House amendments agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/22/13  Senate: Enrolled
02/22/13  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1117ER)
02/22/13  House: Signed by Speaker
02/23/13  Senate: Signed by President
03/25/13  Senate: Governor's recommendation received by Senate
04/02/13  Senate: Placed on Calendar
04/03/13  Senate: Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (40-Y 0-N)
04/03/13  House: House concurred in Governor's recommendation (97-Y 2-N)
04/03/13  House: VOTE: ADOPTION (97-Y 2-N)
04/03/13  Governor: Governor's recommendation adopted
04/03/13  Senate: Reenrolled
04/03/13  Senate: Reenrolled bill text (SB1117ER2)
04/03/13  Senate: Signed by President as reenrolled
04/03/13  House: Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/03/13  House: Enacted, Chapter 787 (effective 7/1/14)
04/03/13  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0787)