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TPWD News Release — July 26, 2004

TPWD Implements Marine Dealer, Boat Titling Changes

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AUSTIN, Texas — Reminder!!!! The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission adopted rules which comply with House Bill 2926, passed during the last legislative session. Some of the new rules address the following issues:

"This legislation provided administrative cleanup and expansion to laws that protect the consumer and provide for the collection of existing fees outlined by law," said Frances Stiles, manager of boat titling and registration at TPWD.

There are a variety of new rules. Following is a breakdown of the new rules by the dates they became effective.

Jan. 1, 2004:

March 1, 2004:

"We didn’t have lot of control over these dealers — it was a voluntary system but they didn’t have to buy a license if they didn’t want to," said Alfonso Campos, Chief of Marine Enforcement at TPWD. "If businesses or individuals sell five or more boats or motors in a calendar year, they need to have a license."

For more information, call Frances Stiles (512) 389-4860 or Campos at (512) 389-4624.

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