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 23, 2022.   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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With the Legislature having completed all business for the 2022 Session the new session will start up in Sept.


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HB 1109

(2nd New Title) relative to the authority of a city or town to limit the use or operation of an OHRV on certain ways.

Rep. Andrew Renzullo

Adopted with Amendment on 03/10/2022.

Adopted with Amendment on 04/28/2022.

Signed into Law by the Governor on 07/01/2022.

As amended, keeps the current approval process in place but will allow abutters to bring proof of recreational use damages to a board of selectmen and make a request for a road closure if it makes them unable to access their land. The amendment was worked on by the NH Timberland Owners’ Association and NHOHVA.


HB 1188

(New Title) establishing a commission to study OHRV use in the state and clarifying certain towing statutes.

Rep. Suzanne Smith

Adopted with Amendment on 03/10/2022.

Adopted with Amendment on 04/28/2022

Signed into Law by the Governor on 07/01/2022.

The Senate amendment clarifies one of the public members must be an abutter, clarifies the duty the commission shall look at both the impacts on the local and state economy and adds a charge to look at impacts of adding electric charging infrastructure near trail heads.




HB 1323

relative to hike safe cards.

Rep. James Spillane

Adopted with Amendment on 02/16/2022.

Adopted on 03/24/2022.

Signed into Law by the Governor on 05/03/2022.

Requires Fish and Game to offer discounted hike safe cards valid for one day or 5 days.


HB 1554

(2nd New Title) relative to online payment of fees relating to the operation of off highway recreational vehicles and snowmobiles, and relative to grants administered by the bureau of trails for OHRV trail development and maintenance.

Rep. Timothy Egan

Adopted with Amendment on 03/10/2022.

Adopted on 04/21/2022.

Signed into Law by the Governor on 06/17/2022.

Includes the GIA amendment. Underlying bill seeks to allow for the payment of OHRV or snowmobile registration fees to be completed online beginning September 2025.




HB 1579

relative to landowner liability on land authorized for outdoor recreational activities.

Rep. Linda Gould

Adopted with Amendment on 03/15/2022.

Adopted with Amendment on 04/21/2022.

Senate Judiciary

Signed into law by the Governor on 06/17/2022.

The Senate amendment changes the definition of charge to exclude a lease for “a nominal fee” from being considered a charge for purposes of liability.


HB 1636

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

Rep. John Burt

Bill is Enrolled.

Adopted on 03/10/2022.

Adopted on 04/28/2022.

Signed into Law by the Governor on 06/17/2022.

Repeals the prohibition on carrying a loaded pistol or revolver on an OHRV and snowmobile.


SB 260

relative to search and rescue teams activated by fish and game.

Sen. Erin Hennessey

Adopted on 02/03/2022.

Adopted on 04/21/2022.

Signed into Law by the Governor on 05/20/2022.

Excludes search and rescue teams when activated by the New Hampshire fish and game department from the definition of emergency medical service unit for the purpose of emergency medical and trauma services.



SB 306

relative to the penalties for various motor vehicle violations.

Sen. John Reagan

Adopted with Amendment on 02/03/2022.

Adopted on 04/21/2022.

Signed into Law by the Governor o 05/20/2022.

Enhances penalties for certain offenses when the offense occurred simultaneously to a violation of the prohibited use of a mobile electronic device while driving.

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2021 Retained and Rereferred Legislation


HB 571

repealing the prohibition against OHRV travel on Hoit Road Marsh.

Rep. Thomas Walsh

Adopted by House on 01/06/2022

Adopted by Senate on 03/31/2022.

Signed into Law by the Governor on 05/03/2022.

Repeals the prohibition on OHRV use on Hoit Road Marsh.


KILLED BILLS

HB 82

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

Rep. Paul Berch

Killed by the House on 01/05/2022


HB 118

relative to the fish and game commission.

Rep. Cathryn Harvey

Killed by the House on 01/06/2022



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

Killed by the House on 01/05/2022

   

HB 1024

relative to local speed limits in business or urban residence districts.

Rep. Timothy Lang

Killed by the House on 2/16/2022.


HB 1108

relative to the prescribed manner of posting land.

Rep. Ellen Read

Killed by the House on 03/15/2022.


HB 1128

relative to financial liability for damage caused by OHRV use of class VI roads.

Rep. Andrew Renzullo

Killed by the House on 03/10/2022.


HB 1289

relative to applications for abatements and authority to abate prior years' taxes for certain homeowners.

Rep. Andrew Renzullo

Killed by the House on 03/17/2022.


HB 1292

permitting the use of drones or unmanned aerial vehicles on the statewide trail system.

Rep. Keith Ammon

Killed by the House on 03/10/2022.


HB 1498

establishing a safety program for off highway recreational vehicles and snowmobiles.

Rep. Timothy Egan

Killed by the House on 03/10/2022.