New Mexico lawmakers have approved a proposal to make it a felony for a drunken boater to kill or seriously injure someone.
The proposal by Republican Rep. Dennis Roch of Texico unanimously passed the House on Thursday with no debate.
The legislation will create crimes for intoxicated boaters similar to vehicular homicide by drunken drivers.
It's already against the law to operate a motorboat under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The legislation would make it a third-degree felony for a drunken boater to kill someone or cause "great bodily harm."