Legislation

 Legislative update 4-5-2019

HB 498

prohibiting OHRV operation on class v ways.

Killed on a voice vote.


HB 591

amending the laws governing OHRVs and snowmobiles.

Adopted by the House with Amendment on 03/19/2019.

Committee amended bill to include NH Municipal Association suggestions on city & town actions to open or rescind permission for road use by OHRVs. NHOHVA will try to get the bill amended or Retained. Underlying bill pertains mainly to safety and related concerns. NHOHVA supported the bill before the amendment.  

 Link to Amendment;

Amendment #2019-0975h: AA VV 03/19/2019

HB 592

relative to OHRV operation and license.

Adopted by the House on 03/14/2019.

Committee voted 15-4 for Ought To Pass (OTP). Riders on town roads must have a driver's license. 

4/2/2019 NHOHVA proposed amendments in the Senate Transportation Committee hearing to raise the age of the accompanying adult to 25.  The Committee of 5 will vote next week before going to the full Senate.


HB 630

increasing certain fines for OHRV and snowmobile operation violations.

Passed by Res & Rec. Referred to Criminal Justice. Passed Criminal Justice Committee 18 to 2 

Passed House vote 292 to 81 on 4/4/2019

HB 660

relative to studying the economic and other impacts of OHRV use in New Hampshire.

Passed House with Amendment on 03/19/2019.

Committee amended bill to remove use of GIA money for the studies.  Funding sources are still unclear.  NHOHVA opposed use of GIA money.

Link to Amendment;

Amendment #2019-0953h: AA VV 03/19/2019


SB 187

relative to OHRV dealer and rental agency registration fees and relative to snowmobile registration fees.

Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #1164s for 03/27/2019 (Vote 5-0, CC)

Primarily a snowmobile reg fee increase, but it would also increase dealer and rental company registration fees for OHRVs. Antique snowmobile plates would only be applicable to 1995 and older machines. The Bill was changed to phase-in the fee increase.  Also to move the yearly F&G registration date to May 1st and repeal the 14 month registration.

 Link to Amendment;  

 Amendment #2019-1164s, 03/27/2019

House Transportation Committee Public hearing 4-9 2019


HB 683

relative to the rights of property owners abutting certain highways and rail trails.


Committee voted to Retain. NHOHVA will monitor and participate in any study committee that arises, but strongly opposes the underlying bill.



2019 RETAINED BILLS


HB 683: relative to the rights of property owners abutting certain highways and rail trails.

Sponsor: Rep. Wayne Moynihan

Committee: House Resources, Recreation and Development

Status: Retained in Committee on 03/13/2019.

Comments: Committee voted to Retain. NHOHVA will monitor and participate in any study committee that arises, but strongly opposes the underlying bill.



2019 KILLED BILLS

HB 498

prohibiting OHRV operation on class v ways.

Killed on a voice vote 3/20/2019


HB 639: relative to speed limits in cities and towns.

Sponsor: Rep. Jacqueline Cali-Pitts

Committee: House Transportation

Status: Killed by the House on 02/27/2019.


HB 699: relative to discounts for OHRV and snowmobile registration.

Sponsor: Rep. James Spillane

Committee: House Fish and Game and Marine Resources

Status: Killed by the House on 02/27/2019.