AN ACT relative to hike safe cards.


SPONSORS: Rep. Spillane, Rock. 2; Rep. Roy, Rock. 32; Rep. Lang, Belk. 4; Rep. S. Pearson, Rock. 6; Rep. Yakubovich, Merr. 24; Sen. Reagan, Dist 17; Sen. French, Dist 7; Sen. Avard, Dist 12


COMMITTEE: Fish and Game and Marine Resources






This bill requires the executive director of the fish and game department to make available for purchase a daily and weekly hike safe card option at a lower fee than the fee for the annual hike safe card.  The bill also authorizes the executive director to increase fees for hike safe cards purchased by non-residents.


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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.






In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty Two


AN ACT relative to hike safe cards.


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


1  Fish and Game; Search and Rescue Response Expenses; Recovery.  Amend RSA 206:26-bb, I(c) to read as follows:

(c)  A voluntary hike safe card.  The executive director shall adopt rules under RSA 541-A for the issuance to purchasers on the department's Internet site, and subsequent annual renewals, of a hike safe card prior to a person's need for a search and rescue response. The annual fee for a hike safe card shall be $25 for an individual or $35 for a family.  A "family" shall consist of the purchaser, the purchaser's spouse, and the purchaser's minor children or stepchildren.  In addition, if the purchaser or the purchaser's spouse has been appointed as a family guardian for an individual under RSA 464-A, that individual shall be considered part of the purchaser's family.  The executive director shall make available for purchase a daily or weekly hike safe card option at a lower fee to be established in rules.  A transaction fee determined by the department shall be for the Internet license agent as provided in RSA 214-A:2.  The executive director may establish a fee for a hike safe card purchased by a non-resident that is greater than the fee for a resident.  The executive director shall forward to the state treasurer the sum collected from each individual hike safe card purchased and each family hike safe card purchased, less the amount of such transaction fee, for deposit in the fish and game search and rescue fund under RSA 206:42.

2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.