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Old 12-31-2019, 11:47 AM   #42
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Here is the response I received. The details make the bill make much more sense.

"The original bill was for a $10 registration fee on canoes and kayaks that used state public launches. Currently these access sites are funded through motor boat registration fees. Approximately 43 percent of launches are only accessible to canoes and kayaks while the maintenance for these sites are paid through registration of motor boats. I am not sure why canoe and kayak owners feel they should not have to pay a small fee to maintain and increase access to NH waters. I see it as a matter of fairness to all who enjoy the use of these launch sites.

The bill has been amended to make it a voluntary program similar to the hike safe card. The funds generated will go to the state boat access fund.

I have attached a link to a Union Leader editorial from a few years back regarding this issue.

Rep. Jeff Goley"

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