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State Liaison

About State Liaison

The State Liaison officer program has been established under Titles 14 and 46 of the U.S. Code that authorizes the U.S. Coast Guard to assist the states in their recreational boating activities.

The State Liaison Officer (DSO-SL) helps extend this authority to the Auxiliary, so that it may supplement state efforts in search and rescue, safety and regatta patrols, public education and boating safety classes, vessel safety checks, verification of state-maintained aids to navigation, and other areas of recreational boating safety.

Programs

  • Maintain a close relationship with the state Boating Law Administrator and his or her staff, with semi-annual meetings or better;
  • Report on state issues or points of concern to the DIRAUX, District Commodore, and other relevant Coast Guard and Auxiliary officials, as directed;
  • Remain current on relevant Federal, state, and local legislation, and review and report on pending legislation that may affect any Auxiliary program.
  • Publicize legislative issues of interest via District and division publication, public affairs, and communications services officers.
Michael C. Johnson, DSO-SL
Michael C. Johnson, DSO-SL

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