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 May 7,  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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Find 2021 Bills & LSRs

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NH General Court

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Hearings scheduled the week of May 10, 2021

HB 334, relative to prohibitions on carrying a loaded firearm on an OHRV or snowmobile. (Remote Hearing)

SB 84, (new title) relative to village district public bodies. (Public Hearing)

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. (Public Hearing)

SB 148, adopting omnibus legislation relative to vocational and career education, environmental education, and emergency plans for sports injuries. (Full Committee Work Session)


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HB 251

requiring children under the age of 2 years to be restrained in a motor vehicle.

Rep. Donovan Fenton

Senate Transportation

Remote Hearing Held on 04/20/2021

Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2021-1229s for 05/13/2021 (Vote 5-0; CC)

Committee 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. Seeks to require all children under 2 years old to ride in a rear facing child restraint system in all motor vehicles unless they are 40 inches tall and weigh 40 or more pounds. Was special ordered to the next Senate session to allow time for a compromise after several Senators objected to the committee amendment.



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

Bill will return to the House for concurrence. The Senate amendment changes the Senate member to one appointed by the Senate President instead of a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee. 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

relative to prohibitions on carrying a loaded firearm on an OHRV or snowmobile.

Rep. John Burt

House Criminal Justice and Public Safety

Adopted by the House on 04/08/2021

Senate Judiciary

Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2021-1229s for 05/13/2021 (Vote 5-0; CC)

Committee 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. Seeks to require all children under 2 years old to ride in a rear facing child restraint system in all motor vehicles unless they are 40 inches tall and weigh 40 or more pounds. Was special ordered to the next Senate session to allow time for a compromise after several Senators objected to the committee amendment.



SB 60

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

Sen. Bill Gannon

Senate Judiciary

Adopted by the Senate with Amendment #2021-1014s on 03/25/2021

House Criminal Justice and Public Safety

Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for TBD (Vote 18-0)

The House committee unanimously voted to kill the bill. They believe driving while under the impairment of marijuana is already illegal. They felt an open container of marijuana does not prove it has been recently used and is not good public policy.




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

Remote Public Hearing: 05/10/2021 09:00 am 

The Senate amendment deletes Sections 1 and 2 which NHOHVA was watching. The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources had concerns about Sections 1 and 2 and believe the current system is working. 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

Public Hearing: 05/11/2021 09:00 am 

The Senate amendment removes 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.


SB 148

adopting omnibus legislation relative to vocational and career education, environmental education, and emergency plans for sports injuries.

Sen. Ruth Ward

Adopted with Amendment on 03/18/2021

House Education

Full Committee Work Session: 05/13/2021 09:00 am 

Executive Session: 05/20/2021 09:00 am 

The House committee will conduct subcommittee work sessions on the bill. 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


HB 118

relative to the fish and game commission.

Rep. Cathryn Harvey

House Fish and Game and Marine Resources

Retained in Committee on 02/01/2021


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


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

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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

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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.