September 27, 2012

Kansas boating law administrator recognized by national organization

LEXINGTON, Ky.On Sept. 12, Major Dan Hesket, boating law administrator for the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, received the Association of State Boating Law Administrators’ (NASBLA) President’s Award. NASBLA president Capt. Mike Fields presented Hesket with the award at the association’s 53rd annual conference held in Mobile, Ala. Hesket was recognized for helping the organization achieve greater uniformity in vessel identification, registration and titling.

Hesket has been a passionate chair of NASBLA’s Vessel Identification, Registration and Titling (VIRT) Committee since 2009. With his trademark unique sense of humor, he led the committee through a number of significant projects including:

  • Passage of the Uniform Certificate of Title for Vessels Act with National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws and then adoption of the act as NASBLA’s official model act on titling;
  • Implementation of the NPRM / Final Rule for Standard Numbering System, the Vessel Identification System and the Boating Accident Report Database;
  • And publication of the Third Edition of the National Vessel Numbering & Titling Manual

NSABLA is a national nonprofit organization that works to develop public policy for recreational boating safety. NASBLA represents the recreational boating authorities of all 50 states and the U.S. territories. NASBLA offers a variety of resources, including training, model acts, education standards and publications. Through a national network of thousands of professional educators, law enforcement officers and volunteers, the organization affects the lives of over 83 million American boaters.