The NMTA Government Affairs Program exists to:

  • Advocate on behalf of the recreational boating industry
  • Lobby the legislature in support of boating
  • Provide support to the NMTA Political Action Committee
  • Engage association members in issues advocacy and governmental affairs
  • Educate our members on policies and regulations that affect them
  • Build consensus within the organization on legislative matters

Our volunteer Government Affairs Committee meets bi-monthly to review current topics and provide guidance to staff. We are always looking for new members who have an interest in the political process and want to influence policy in the State of Washington. This committee is comprised of members who represent all sectors of our industry.

Recent Accomplishments

Amended HB - 1085

Successfully amended HB-1085 with support from marina owners, port authorities, dock builders, and marine industry experts. Prevented a proposed ban on the use of hard encased, environmentally secure, foam marine floats which are the industry standard for marinas and boat lifts.

Pump-Out Access, No Discharge Zone, Derelict Vessels & Structures

Led a coalition for increased state funding to improve pump out access for easier compliance with no discharge zone regulations and secured state funding for removal of derelict structures in addition to derelict vessels.

New Boatyard General Permit

New Boatyard General Permit requires a new Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) for all boatyards every five years. NMTA created a new 65-page SWPPP template for all member boatyards.

Advocacy Toolbox: News, Policy, and Resources

Click on a tab to view.
Note: This material will be added prospectively. Email with any questions.

Get Involved

For more information on how you can get involved, please contact NMTA’s Director of Government Affairs, Jay Jennings at call our office at (206) 634-0911.

How to contact your Washington State Legislator:

Click on “Find Your District”

How to contact your Oregon State Legislator:

Click on “Find Your Legislator”

Political Action Committee


NMTA PAC is a non-partisan political action committee created to elect state leaders who understand and care about our issues. We support the campaigns of responsible leaders with financial contributions and by hosting fundraisers and other events promoting their candidacy.

The strength and success of NMTA PAC is dependent on the support of NMTA members. Every dollar donated to the PAC goes to promoting recreational boating through good government.

The Political Action Committee approves all monetary contributions to candidates based on their experience, integrity, and support of industry issues related to Small Business; regulatory fairness; the environment; and fiscal responsibility.

Get Involved

Our PAC relies on member participation and activism for success. You can get involved by serving as a volunteer on the Political Action Committee, which makes decisions about which candidates shall receive campaign contributions.

We also rely on monetary contributions from our members to fund our support of candidates. NMTA members have the option to contribute $65 each year with their renewals and to contribute throughout the year directly to the PAC, or at political fundraisers.

They work
for you!

Not registered to Vote?