Legislation

NHOHVA along with our Lobbyist watch and respond to the bills that pertain to OHRVs or the Nonprofit Clubs and help protect the OHRV riding in N.H.   Join a club to stay up to date and involved in the process.  

Updated Aug 10, 2021.   Scroll down to find the following:

How to find your NH State Rep. / LSRs & bills filed / The latest Legislative challenges, click on bill # for wording.

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There are no hearings Scheduled for the week of June 28, 2021

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HB 2

relative to state fees, funds, revenues, and expenditures.

Rep. Kenneth Weyler

Adopted with Amendment on 04/07/2021

Adopted with Amendment on 06/03/2021

Conference Committee Adopted on 06/24/2021

Bill will go to the Governor who has indicated he will sign it. Both bodies agreed to the amendment to the budget trailer bill that increases the state portion of the grant in aid program administered by the bureau of trails to 90% for one year. The plan is a rule change over the next year to make the state’s portion 80% going forward after this year.



HB 251

(New Title) establishing a committee to study requiring New Hampshire children to be placed in rear facing restraints in motor vehicles.

Rep. Donovan Fenton

House Concurred with Senate Amendment on 06/10/2021.

Will go to the Governor. Senate amendment changes the bill to a committee to study requiring New Hampshire children be placed in rear facing restraints while riding in a motor vehicle.


HB 311

establishing a committee to study rail trail best management practices.

Rep. Suzanne Smith

House Resources, Recreation and Development

Adopted by the House on 02/24/2021

Senate Transportation

Adopted by the Senate with Amendment #2021-0864s on 03/25/2021

House Concurred with Senate Amendment on 06/10/2021.

Will go to the Governor. Would establish a committee to study and develop best management practices for repurposing former rail beds into rail trails, best management practices for maintaining rail trails to reduce or limit exposure to possible contamination to users and report their findings by November 1, 2022.




HB 334

(New Title) relative to prohibitions on carrying a loaded firearm on an OHRV or snowmobile and relative to the procedure for conducting firearm background checks.

Rep. John Burt

Adopted on 04/08/2021

Adopted with Amendment on 05/27/2021

Conference Committee Adopted on 06/24/2021

Will go to the Governor. Conferees agreed to an amendment to reduce funding for NH Gun Line. Supporters see the underlying bill as a clarification to reflect the state's constitutional carry law but those in opposition to the legislation had safety concerns. Seeks to repeal the prohibition on carrying a loaded pistol or revolver on an OHRV and snowmobile. Committee of Conference amendment eliminates employee positions in the Department of Safety related to the NH Gun Line.



August 10, 2021 

 Governor's Veto Message Regarding House Bill 334 

 By the authority vested in me, pursuant to part II, Article 44 of the New Hampshire  Constitution, on August 10th, 2021, I have vetoed House Bill 334, relative to prohibitions on  carrying a loaded firearm on an OHRV or snowmobile and relative to the procedure for  conducting firearm background checks.  I support the provisions in this bill that would apply our constitutional right to carry a  firearm to OHRVs and snowmobiles, and hope to sign such a bill next year. It is unfortunate that  the legislature chose to tack on unrelated legislation that will cause those provisions to not move  forward.

As Governor, my record is very clear - I have consistently defended the 2nd amendment  rights of New Hampshire's citizens and I remain committed to doing so. New Hampshire's laws  are well-crafted and fit our culture of responsible gun ownership and individual freedom. The  background check provisions are not about firearms rights, they are about government  administrative processes. This bill, which was introduced to solve a problem caused by the  COVID-19 pandemic, is no longer necessary. New Hampshire has taken steps to improve  technology, processes, and staffing in order to address this issue without legislation.  This bill would create substantial unintended negative consequences by ceding control of  our state process to the Federal Government. Groups as diverse as the New Hampshire Firearms  Coalition, the New Hampshire Coalition against Domestic and Sexual Violence, the Attorney  General's Office, and the Judicial Branch all join me in raising significant concerns with this  legislation.

  For the reasons stated above, I have vetoed House Bill 334. 

 Respectfully submitted, 

Christopher T. Sununu  Governor



SB 84

(New Title) relative to village district public bodies

Sen. John Reagan

Adopted with Amendment on 03/11/2021

House Municipal and County Government

Adopted by the House on 06/03/2021

Will become Enrolled and go to the Governor’s Desk. There were attempts to add back in the original Section 1 which were denied. Section 1 of the omnibus would have allowed a person to post their land to prohibit criminal trespass and physical activities by painting purple vertical lines on trees, rocks or posts no more than 100 yards apart and on common entrances.


SB 131

(New Title) adopting omnibus legislation relative to vehicles, municipal water maintenance certificates, nondriver's picture identification, and firefighter and emergency medical services decals.

Sen. David Watters

Adopted by the Senate with Amendment #2021-0771s on 03/18/2021

House Transportation

Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2021-1536h for 06/04/2021 (Vote 19-0; CC) 

Senate Concurred with House Amendment on 06/10/2021.

Will go to the Governor. The Senate amendment removed Section 4 which would have established a mandatory OHRV and snowmobile safety certification training program beginning in 2023 and phasing it in for all age groups by 2028. All stakeholders look forward to working on something over the summer. House committee amendment permits emergency medical decals on license plates similar to firefighter decals.


SB 148

(New Title) adopting omnibus legislation relative to vocational and career education, environmental education, and emergency plans for cocurricular related injuries and emergencies.

Sen. Ruth Ward

Adopted with Amendment on 03/18/2021

Adopted with Amendment on 06/03/2021

Conference Committee Adopted on 06/24/2021

Will go to the Governor’s Desk. Committee of Conference amendment adds the requirement for the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources and Business and Economic Affairs to investigate joining the Outdoor Recreation Industry Confluence Accords. The Senate amendment makes minor changes to Part V which seeks to add environmental science and outdoor education to criteria for an adequate education and establishes a New Hampshire Youth Environmental Education and Conservation Council.

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*****Federal Recreational Trails Program Legislation

The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) utilizes funds collected from

off-road federal gas taxes to pay for trail construction, maintenance

and education for both motorized and non-motorized recreation.  Your

club is most likely using RTP funds for maintaining their trail system.

Bipartisan legislation has again been introduced which requires the

Federal Highway Administration to conduct a fuel usage study and

increases the funding from the current $84 Million to at least $250

Million. It is estimated that users pay more than $270 Million in

federal gas taxes each year on their non-highway vehicles.

Please contact your Congressman and Senators and ask them to sign on to

HR 1864 as a co-sponsor.  It won't cost you anything but a little time

and it could double or triple the amount of funds available for your

club's trail system.

To write your Representative, use this link:

https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative

To write your Senators, use this link:

https://www.senate.gov/senators/senators-contact.htm?State=OR

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2021 Retained/Rereferred Bills

HB 82

relative to amending a conservation easement between the state and a landowner.

Rep. Paul Berch

House Judiciary

Retained in Committee on 03/02/2021

Seeks to allow the amendment of a conservation easement between a government body and a landowner to correct an injustice or to advance the public good. It specifically mentions allowing the exchanging of another parcel in return for easing current use restrictions.


HB 118

relative to the fish and game commission.

Rep. Cathryn Harvey

House Fish and Game and Marine Resources

Retained Bill Work Session Held on 04/28/2021

Adds educational qualifications for nominees to the Fish and Game Commission. Also reduces license requirements from 5 of the last 10 years to 2 of the last 5 years. Committee voted to retain the bill.


HB 446

establishing a committee to study the effects of recreational vehicles and other vehicles used in recreational activities on class 5 and 6 roads.

Rep. Andrew Renzullo

House Resources, Recreation and Development

Retained in Committee on 03/03/2021

Would establish a committee to study the effects of recreational vehicles on class 5 and class 6 roads, their effect on the environment, quality of life for area residents and their economic impact to communities.

HB 571

repealing the prohibition against OHRV travel on Hoit Road Marsh.

Rep. Thomas Walsh

House Resources, Recreation and Development

Retained in Committee on 03/03/2021

Committee members expressed their dislike for how this prohibition was done but they were not prepared to repeal it at this time. Committee members will likely go out to the marsh and indicated they want more time to examine the issue including a look at potential environmental impacts. The bill will be due out of committee in mid November.

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2021 Killed Bills

HB 158

relative to the definition of prime wetland.

Rep. Chuck Grassie

House Resources, Recreation and Development

Killed by the House on 04/09/2021


HB 262

relative to the adoption of bylaws and ordinances by municipalities.

Rep. Josh Yokela

House Municipal and County Government

Killed by the House on 04/07/2021


HB 352

relative to operation of recreational vehicles on state highways.

Rep. Peter Leishman

House Transportation

Killed by the House on 04/09/2021


HB 467

relative to current use tax rate eligibility.

Rep. Ellen Read

House Municipal and County Government

Killed by the House on 04/09/2021

Bill is dead for this year. The House recessed before taking up the ITL committee report and it would require a two-thirds vote to consider the bill in the future now that the crossover deadline has passed. 


HB 534

relative to municipal control of certain frozen water bodies.

Rep. Mary Beth Walz

House Resources, Recreation and Development

Killed by the House on 04/07/2021


SB 60

prohibiting the transport of an open container of marijuana in a motor vehicle or OHRV.

Sen. Bill Gannon

Adopted with Amendment on 03/25/2021

House Criminal Justice and Public Safety

Killed by the House on 06/03/2021

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2021 Tabled Bills

SB 71

establishing a commission to develop science-based emissions reduction goals for the state of New Hampshire.

Sen. Tom Sherman

Senate Energy and Natural Resources

Tabled by the Senate on 03/11/2021

The bill was tabled along party lines with the minority members objecting. It will likely die on the table with a two-thirds vote of the body required to removed it. The committee amendment would have added NHOHVA to the commission. It would also change the duties to also examine potential economic costs and benefits as well as add many other business and tourism members to try to even out the makeup.



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      HB 1182

establishing a commission to study road usage by non-traditional motor vehicles.

Rep. Sherman Packard

House Transportation

Adopted by the House with Amendment #2020-0202h on 02/19/2020.   Passed in omnibus bill.

First commission meeting Oct 20, 2020 ongoing meetings

NHOHVA was added to study commission. Commission will study many aspects of OHRV activity and laws.