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SB-644 Vessels: impoundment.(2017-2018)

Bill Status
Stone (S)
Vessels: impoundment.
An act to add Section 668.5 to the Harbors and Navigation Code, relating to vessels.

Type of Measure
Active Bill - In Floor Process
Majority Vote Required
Fiscal Committee
Non-State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
02/04/18 Last day to consider Governor’s veto pursuant to Joint Rule 58.5.
07/24/17 In Senate. Consideration of Governor's veto pending.
07/24/17 Vetoed by the Governor.
07/13/17 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 10 a.m.
07/10/17 Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 39. Noes 0. Page 1934.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Senate:

I am returning Senate Bill 644 without my signature.

This bill authorizes a court to impound a boat for up to 30 days in boating under the influence cases if the owner is convicted and the conduct resulted in the unlawful killing of a person.

Boating under the influence is a very troubling crime which exposes the public to grave danger. However, especially in cases where this conduct resulted in an unlawful killing, a defendant will be exposed to very serious criminal and civil liability, including potentially years in prison depending on the circumstances. I do not see the need, in these tragic but narrow instances, to additionally expand the powers of government to impound private property as an added punitive measure.

Because this bill will not act as a deterrent, and existing criminal and civil penalties are sufficient to address the conduct contemplated, I am returning this measure without my signature.


Edmund G. Brown Jr.