NMMA backs legislation to change LHWCA

WASHINGTON – The National Marine Manufacturers Association is applauding the introduction of H.R. 940 – the Recreational Marine Employment Act – in the House of Representatives, Feb. 17, by Congressman Ric Keller (R-Fla.), NMMA said in a release yesterday.

“RMEA would amend the Longshore and Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act in an effort to honor the act’s original intent of exempting the recreational marine industry from its onerous provisions,” NMMA said in its press release.

The bill currently has 15 co-sponsors including:

  • Representative Henry Brown (R-S.C.)
  • Representative John Duncan (R-Tenn.)
  • Representative Mark Foley (R-Fla.)
  • Representative Peter Hoekstra (R-Mich.)
  • Representative Candice Miller (R-Mich.)
  • Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.)
  • Representative Gene Taylor (D-Miss.)
  • Representative Dave Weldon (R-Fla.)
  • Representative Norm Dicks (D-WA)
  • Representative Vernon Ehlers (R-Mich.)
  • Representative Katherine Harris (R-Fla.)
  • Representative Walter Jones, Jr. (R-N.C.)
  • Representative Rick Renzi (R-Ariz.)
  • Representative E. Clay Shaw, Jr. (R-Fla.)
  • Representative Fred Upton (R-Mich.)
  • “NMMA is delighted once again to stand beside Congressman Keller in pursuit of our mutual goal of exempting the recreational marine industry from the strictures of LHWCA,” said Monita Fontaine, NMMA vice president of government relations. “RMEA has a great list of sponsors in the House and NMMA will continue to work with them to pass this important legislation.”

    NMMA believes the coverage mandated by LHWCA is unnecessary because the recreational marine industry is already covered under state worker’s compensation plans.

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