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State Senate committee hears opinions on tougher boating regulations

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Democratic state Sen. Julie Morrison of Deerfield leads a committee hearing Thursday on proposed tougher boating laws in Libertyville. Her 10-year-old nephew, Tony Borcia, died in a 2012 boating accident.

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Joe Morelock, of the Illinois Conservation Police, testifies at a committee hearing on proposals for stricter boating regulations Thursday. Democratic state Sen. Julie Morrison hosted the session in Libertyville, which drew more than 200 spectators.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Libertyville resident Margaret Borcia, whose 10-year-old son, Tony, was killed by an impaired boater, speaks at a state senate committee hearing on proposals for stronger watercraft regulations.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Joe Morelock, of the Illinois Conservation Police, testifies at a committee hearing on proposals for stricter boating regulations Thursday. Democratic state Sen. Julie Morrison hosted the session in Libertyville, which drew more than 200 spectators.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

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Proposed tougher watercraft regulations that would include the loss of driving privileges on land for operating a boat under the influence elicited differing opinions at a state Senate committee hearing Thursday in Libertyville. Lumping vehicle and boating DUIs together are among the proposals spurred by the 2012 death of a 10-year-old boy who was struck by an impaired boater on the Chain O' Lakes in 2012.
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    • Democratic state Sen. Julie Morrison of Deerfield leads a committee hearing Thursday on proposed tougher boating laws in Libertyville. Her 10-year-old nephew, Tony Borcia, died in a 2012 boating accident.
    • Joe Morelock, of the Illinois Conservation Police, testifies at a committee hearing on proposals for stricter boating regulations Thursday. Democratic state Sen. Julie Morrison hosted the session in Libertyville, which drew more than 200 spectators.
    • Libertyville resident Margaret Borcia, whose 10-year-old son, Tony, was killed by an impaired boater, speaks at a state senate committee hearing on proposals for stronger watercraft regulations.
    • Joe Morelock, of the Illinois Conservation Police, testifies at a committee hearing on proposals for stricter boating regulations Thursday. Democratic state Sen. Julie Morrison hosted the session in Libertyville, which drew more than 200 spectators.
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