HB 1188  - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2022 SESSION

22-2015

12/08

 

HOUSE BILL 1188

 

AN ACT establishing a commission to study OHRV use in the state.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Suzanne Smith, Graf. 8; Rep. Thompson, Coos 1; Rep. Egan, Graf. 2; Rep. Weston, Graf. 8; Rep. E. Kelley, Coos 3; Rep. Gould, Hills. 7; Sen. Hennessey, Dist 1; Sen. Watters, Dist 4

 

commission: Resources, Recreation and Development

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill establishes a commission to study OHRV use in the state and requires the commission to submit annual reports and proposed legislation.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

22-2015

12/08

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty Two

 

AN ACT establishing a commission to study OHRV use in the state.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  New Subdivision; OHRV Commission.  Amend RSA 215-A by inserting after section 44 the following new subdivision:

OHRV Commission

215-A:44-a  OHRV Commission.

I.  Commission Established.  There is established a commission to study the use of OHRVs in New Hampshire.

II.  Membership and Compensation.

(a)  The members of the commission shall be as follows:

(1)  Four members of the house of representatives; 2 of whom shall be members of the house resources, recreation and development committee, one of whom shall be from the minority party; one of whom shall be a member from the house transportation committee; and one of whom shall be a member from Coos county; appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives.

(2) One member of the senate, appointed by the president of the senate.

(3)  One representative of the fish and game department, appointed by the executive director of the fish and game department.

(4)  The chief supervisor of the bureau of trails of the department of natural and cultural resources, or designee.

(5)  The director of the division of parks and recreation of the department of natural and cultural resources, or designee.

(6)  One representative of the department of transportation, appointed by the commissioner.

(7)  The Coos county sheriff, or designee.

(8)  One representative of the New Hampshire state police, appointed by the director of the state police.

(9)  One representative of the New Hampshire Off Highway Vehicle Association, appointed by the association.

(10)  One representative of the New Hampshire Municipal Association, appointed by the association.

(11)  Three members of the public, one of whom shall be appointed by the New Hampshire Association of Conservation Commissions, one of whom shall be appointed by the North Country Council, and one of whom shall be appointed by the Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce.

(b)  Legislative members of the commission shall receive mileage at the legislative rate when attending to the duties of the commission.

III.  Duties.  The commission shall study:

(a)  Current statutes related to OHRVs, including but not limited to RSA 215-A and RSA 259:108.

(b)  How the fish and game department, the state police, county sheriffs, and municipal police work together to provide consistency in enforcement of current laws related to OHRVs.

(c)  Positive and adverse effects of OHRV use on state and town roads, including class 5 and class 6 roads.

(d)  The effects of noise, dust, and careless or reckless behavior of riders on abutters to trails and roads where OHRVs are used.

(e)  Education and safety requirements for OHRV riders.

(f)  Positive and adverse effects of OHRV activity upon the state's economy.

(g)  The impacts of requiring all rental agents to install speed regulating governors on any OHRV provided to members of the general public for temporary use.

(h)  All other issues related to OHRVs which come before the committee..

IV.  Chairperson; Quorum.  The members of the study commission shall elect a chairperson from among the members.  The first meeting of the commission shall be called by the first-named house member.  The first meeting of the commission shall be held within 45 days of the effective date of this section.  Six members of the commission shall constitute a quorum.

V.  Report.  The commission shall report its findings and recommend proposed legislation to the speaker of the house of representatives, the president of the senate, the house clerk, the senate clerk, the governor, and the state library on or before November 1 of each year.

2  Repeal.  RSA 215-A:44-a, relative to the OHRV commission, is repealed.

3  Effective Date.  

I.  Section 2 of this act shall take effect November 1, 2026.

II.  The remainder of this act shall take effect upon its passage.