Horn sponsors resolution opposing fees on canoes, kayaks

Sen. Ken Horn

Sen. Ken Horn

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Ken Horn on Tuesday introduced a resolution formally opposing a recent Michigan State Waterways Commission (MSWC) recommendation that canoes, kayaks and other paddle vessels be subject to state registration fees.

“Paddle sports, especially kayaking, are exploding in popularity,” said Horn, R-Frankenmuth. “Michigan is home to some of the most beautiful natural resources in the world, including many scenic waterways in my district. Imposing an additional tax on people who want to go outdoors, get some fresh air and enjoy these resources is completely unnecessary.”

MSWC passed Resolution 02-2018-01, which recommended the Legislature pursue an effort to require the registration, with a new fee, of all rigid-hulled kayaks, canoes and paddleboards eight feet or longer. Such vessels are currently exempt from registration fees when used recreationally.

Senate Resolution 153 would formally oppose this recommendation.

“I see absolutely no need to hinder our tourism industry with new fees, so I introduced Senate Resolution 153 to oppose the commission’s recommendations,” Horn said. “Not only do these activities contribute more than $140 million to our economy, from both in and out of state, they get people outside and exercising while having fun with friends and family.”

SR 153 has been referred to the Senate Committee on Outdoor Recreation and Tourism.

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