NEWS AND LEGISLATION

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Update 6-8-15 HB290  AN ACT relative to the acceptance of risk in outdoor recreational activities.
6/30/2015 H Signed by the Governor on 6/26/2015; Chapter 165; Effective Date 1/1/2016

Passed/Adopted by the House and Senate. Still going thru the process for final acceptance or rejection of the Governor. To keep watch see link http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/
 
NHHC STAC representative provided testimony for the Hearings
New Paragraph; Duty of Care; Acceptance of Risk; Outdoor Recreational Activities.
Amend RSA 212:34 by inserting after paragraph VII the following new paragraph:
VIII. It is recognized that outdoor recreational activities may be hazardous. Therefore, each person who participates in outdoor recreational activities accepts, as a matter of law, the dangers inherent in such activities, and shall not maintain an action against an owner, occupant, or lessee of land for any injuries which result from such inherent risks, dangers, or hazards. The categories of
such risks, hazards, or dangers which the outdoor recreational participant assumes as a matter of law include, but are not limited to, the following: variations in terrain, trails, paths, or roads, surface or subsurface snow or ice conditions, bare spots, rocks, trees, stumps, and other forms of forest growth or debris, structures on the land, equipment not in use, pole lines, fences, and collisions
with other objects or persons.
2 Effective Date. This act shall take effect January 1, 2016.

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Update 6-8-15 SB80 - Rail Trails
SB80 Bill Title: relative to the state trails plan and establishing a committee on rail trails.
6/11/2015 S Signed by the Governor on 06/08/2015; Chapter 0116; Effective 06/08/2015

NHHC representative provided testimony regarding promoting equine use and concerns of no guidelines that require the accommodation of equine use when a rail corridor is paved.
 
SB 80 – VERSION ADOPTED BY BOTH BODIES
AN ACT establishing a committee on rail trails.
AMENDED ANALYSIS
This bill establishes a committee to study and make recommendations for legislation regarding rail trails.
 
1 Committee Established. There is established a committee to study the use of abandoned railroad beds for recreational purposes.

2 Membership and Compensation.
I. The members of the committee shall be as follows:
(a) One member of the senate, appointed by the president of the senate.
(b) Two members of the house of representatives, appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives.
II. Members of the committee shall receive mileage at the legislative rate when attending to the duties of the committee.
III. Members of the committee shall solicit testimony from, but not limited to, the following:
(a) Londonderry Trailways.
(b) Windham Rail Trails.
(c) The Mascoma River Greenway Coalition.
(d) The New Hampshire Railroad Revitalization Association.
(e) The New Hampshire Horse Council.
(f) The New Hampshire Off Highway Vehicle Association (NHOHVA).
(g) The chief supervisor of the bureau of trails, department of resources and economic development, or designee.
(h) Representatives of the department of transportation.
(i) A representative from the freight railroad industry.

3 Duties. The committee shall:
I. Distinguish between abandoned and used railroad beds and those currently in use, and determine the usage for such beds.
II. Examine the recreational use immunity laws, including liability and insurance.
III. Consider whether or not to include more rail trails in the New Hampshire heritage trail or other historic pathways.
IV. Examine all of the department of transportation’s policies, both in law and in rules, that facilitate the process of converting rails to trails with the goal of making the process easier and less expensive for volunteer groups who engage in this process.
V. Examine the fee structure regarding rails to trails conversion.
VI. Decide whether the state trails plan should be updated. If the committee decides that the plan should be updated, the committee shall propose a new name for the plan, along with recommendations for funding, and shall require the director of aeronautics, rail, and transit to update the plan within 2 years of the effective date of this act.
VII. Discuss any other subject the committee believes to be necessary.
4 Chairperson; Quorum. The members of the study committee shall elect a chairperson from among the members. The first meeting of the committee shall be called by the senate member. The first meeting of the committee shall be held within 45 days of the effective date of this section. Two members of the committee shall constitute a quorum.
5 Report. The committee shall report its findings and any recommendations for proposed legislation to the president of the senate, the speaker of the house of representatives, the senate clerk, the house clerk, the governor, and the state library on or before November 1, 2016.
6 Effective Date. This act shall take effect upon its passage.


Testifying at a Public Hearing

For the 2011-2012 legislative session, the state Senate has 12 standing committees including: Capital Budget, Commerce, Education, Energy and Natural Resources, Executive Departments & Administration, Finance, Health and Human Services, Internal Affairs, Judiciary, Public and Municipal Affairs, Transportation and Ways & Means.

Hearings are held in designated committee rooms in either the State House (SH) or the Legislative Office Building (LOB) that sits directly behind the State House.
If you intend to participate in a public hearing, the following suggestions are designed to help you and the Senators make the most of your time:
• If you wish to speak regarding a bill, sign in on the sheet inside the committee room that pertains to your bill. The sheet will specifically request your name, whether you support or oppose the legislation and whether you wish to speak.
• If you prefer to only sign in as a supporter/opponent, that is completely acceptable. You are not obligated to speak.
• When you are called to speak, take a seat at the table located in front of the committee. Identify yourself and the town you are from. Also state whether you support or oppose the bill being heard. Your testimony will be recorded.
• It is important that you state the reasons why you support or oppose the bill. Share information with the committee members as to how the legislation would impact you.
• Keep your testimony short and relevant to what is being discussed.
• If a number of speakers ahead of you have said exactly what you intended to say, rather than re-stating it all over again, the Senators greatly appreciate you simply identifying yourself, telling them that much of what you wanted to say has already been covered, then briefly add whatever new testimony you might have.
• You are also encouraged to submit written testimony. If you choose to do so, please bring 10 copies. The committee aide will take your information and make certain it is distributed to committee members. The Senate encourages testimony being emailed to the committee staff. The links you need can be found on the individual committee pages.

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