Goshen County residents Joe, center, holding a photograph of his grandson, Hudson, and Lynn Kinnan joined local representatives House District No. 5 Rep. Shelly Duncan, far left, and District No. 3 Sen. Cheri Steinmetz, with husband Corey, and granddaughter Aria, as Gov. Mark Gordon signs SF40, which reduces the blood-alcohol content for all motorists, including individuals in boats, from .10 to .08 to be consistent with dry-land motorist requirements. Steinmetz has worked for years to get the bill through in response to Hudson’s death by an intoxicated boater in 2014. At Steinmetz’s request, Duncan and Rep. Sara Burlingame worked to pass the bill on the House Floor, and on Feb. 28, the law – which goes into effect July 1 – was officially changed to lower the watercraft drinking BAC to .08.
“I’m honored to have been a part of this process, and we have closure to a much-needed discrepancy to our laws regarding BAC differences between water and land,” Duncan said.