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Ohio House passes bill to aimed to remove abandoned watercraft

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The Ohio House of Representatives passed a bill on Thursday aimed at "junk watercraft."

According to the release, House Bill 211 would make the process of obtaining titles to abandoned watercraft easier.

If passed, local authorities could use the same tools to address the problem as they would a junk vehicle.

"In marinas, campgrounds, and private properties throughout Ohio, abandoned boats currently sit and deteriorate because of a complicated process in place to obtain titles to these vessels" said Representative Steve Arndt of Port Clinton.

The legislation defines a junk watercraft as three years or older, apparently inoperable and has a market value of $1,500 or less.

The bill passed the house with 90 votes.

It will head to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

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