Yes we have a law like that. Article I Section 9 US Constitution "No Preference shall be given by any Regulation of Commerce or Revenue to the Ports
of one State over those of another: nor shall Vessels
bound to, or from, one State
, be obliged to enter, clear, or pay Duties in another.
" You see if you had a documented vessal from Calif. you would be required to pay sales and use tax, which they are very dilligent to collect. Then go to the peoples republick of florida . (From first post) Captain
Alan Richard, assistant General Counsel of the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Commission states that a documented vessel which is not registered
in another state (ie have a decal or registration
certificate), must either obtain registration
in his home state (even if it is not required or available for a documented vessel), or register in a state where he is in transit in route
to Florida. He states that "There is no grace peroid". Here are some of the correspondance from Capt. Richards which documents this stand: "The Florida certificate of registration is a seagoing tax receipt and the decal is a seagoing equivalent of a tax stamp. The certificate of registration issued for a documented vessel does not have an "FL" number on it. Instead of a Florida issued number, the certificate will list the vessel's federal documentation
number. The issue is one of taxation, not identification of the vessel or proof of its ownership
and liens. A documented vessel is only exempt from titling and numbering. Unless exempted under some other provision of law, all documented vessels must be registered (pay the tax for their use of Florida's waters).
One of the exemptions to the registration requirement provided in Florida law is for vessels (documented or numbered) that have paid a similar tax in another state. The owner of a federally documented vessel must have either: 1) Paid the Florida registration tax and have a Florida certificate of registration that is in full force and effect; or 2) Paid a registration tax to another state and have a certificate of registration that is in full force and effect from that other state. Otherwise, operation of the vessel upon the waters of this state is unlawful." You see they are not registering you, they are just collecting duty or tax, you already paid your taxes in calif, and are in comlpiance with calif registration law.(Article IV, Section 1 US Const.
Section 1 - Each State to Honor all others
Full Faith and Credit shall be given in each State to the public Acts, Records, and judicial Proceedings of every other State. And the Congress may by general Laws prescribe the Manner in which such Acts, Records and Proceedings shall be proved, and the Effect thereof.) You see it used to be you had 90 days,which might be understandable for use, but the fact that you have to pay it immed. upon entering(actually before) means that you are "obliged".... "to clear, or pay Duties" The United States Constitution - The U.S. Constitution Online - USConstitution.net