January 5, 2020
From the GNWR Secretary
HB 683 has been amended, but it still has many bad provisions..
It is URGENT you contact your Representative TODAY to VOTE NO on HB 683.
The point to focus on when calling or emailing is that this bill is unnecessary and would hurt OHRV riding, especially in the North Country
Find your Representative and call or email to stop this legislation before it stops US!
Search your House Representative’s by name or location at http://gencourt.state.nh.us/house/members/default.aspx
Just a few points:
It makes it much easier for anti-folks to stop new trails meant to address hot spots and prevent the reauthorization of existing trails and connectors.
It removes the current exemption that Coos and Grafton counties have from a long list of requirements that make it difficult to authorize and reauthorize trial connector use. If that exemption is removed, it will make it more difficult for clubs to move trails and address hot spots. The legislature granted the two counties the exemption due to economics and the unique situations those counties are in. It would hurt both counties to remove the exemption.
The bill establishes a 17-point checklist of criteria that new trails or reauthorization of old ones would have to meet before approval.
It allows any abutter (and abutter is not well-defined) to petition to close any “section” of trail – meaning they could close a section smack dab in the middle of a trail, thus cutting off the trail. No sense at all.
It directs that riders who get cited for speed violations get cited under the motor vehicle code, not the current Fish & Game administrative fines provisions. That will cause confusion and will likely be opposed by a number of agencies.
The bill pre-empts and, in some cases, completely takes away local control from towns by establishing state-mandated requirements.
Example: Public hearings on authorizations, reauthorizations or closures of certain roads and trial connectors be held ONLY between May 1 and September 30. This directly conflicts with Town Meeting schedules and pre-empts local control.
The full House will vote on the bill when they meet in session in January.
We need people to act NOW if we are going to stop this bill!
Great North Woods Riders