Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: May 14, 2013
Sen. Bill Brown
Gov. Fallin signs bill regulating boat rental businesses
With lake season quickly approaching, Gov. Fallin
signed legislation Monday to ensure eligibility for boat rental
businesses to operate in state parks. Sen. Bill
Brown, author of Senate Bill 374, said the measure will protect
legitimate, rule-abiding businesses.
“This bill was requested by a boat rental business owner at
Beaver Bend Lake in southeast Oklahoma who is competing against
individuals who are renting boats to tourists by taking ads out
in the local paper. These individuals aren’t running legitimate
businesses because they don’t have contracts with the Department
of Tourism or a business license,” said Brown, R-Tulsa. “They’re
hurting the legitimate business owner because they can rent their
boats for less because they don’t have all of the overhead
expenses. This isn’t fair but it’s happening all over
the state. We need to protect those business owners who are following
The bill requires boat rental businesses to have a valid written
contract with the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department or
the agency that owns the lake. This contract is in the form of a
use permit, which amounts to 10 percent of gross sales. Business
owners must also have a business license issued by the state; a
visible, commercially-accessible public location; and a tax permit
as well as any other required local permit.
Those who fail to meet the minimum requirements will be guilty of
a misdemeanor punishable by a fine up to $500, 30 days in the county
jail or both.
SB 374 goes into effect November 1, 2013.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Brown: (405) 521-5602