HB 660-FN - FINAL VERSION
HOUSE BILL 660-FN
SPONSORS: Rep. Moynihan, Coos 2
COMMITTEE: Resources, Recreation and Development
This bill requires the commissioner of the department of natural and cultural resources to conduct studies of the economic and other impacts of OHRV use on the public ways and economy of New Hampshire.
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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.
Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]
Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
05/15/2019 1850s 19-0810
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
I. To the extent of the department's available appropriations, the commissioner of the department of natural and cultural resources, with advice from the public, shall prepare a master plan for an integrated network of OHRV trails in Coos county, the goal of which is to locate all OHRV trails off state and municipal highways to the extent practicable with regard to trail connectivity, and with the understanding that a municipality shall retain the right to decide whether or not to grant OHRV access to public ways. The plan shall address the actual and potential locations of the trail network, the costs of construction and maintenance of the trail network, the interests of sanctioned ATV clubs, the interests and rights of private property owners including current and potential damage to class VI roads, aesthetics, historic sites, air and water quality, the natural environment, and public health and safety. The commissioner shall solicit and may accept gifts, grants, or donations from any source and may expend such moneys to fund the master plan required in this paragraph. The master plan shall be completed by November 1, 2021.
II. To the extent of the department's available appropriations, the commissioner of the department of cultural and natural resources shall prepare an update of the department’s 2003 study titled “A Plan for Developing New Hampshire’s Statewide Trail System for ATV’s and Trail Bikes 2003-2008” and shall report the findings of such study, including any recommendations for legislation, no later than January 1, 2021. The commissioner shall solicit testimony from municipal officials, abutters, and other residents, interested parties, including non-motorized recreational users, concerning the impacts of current OHRV use, including noise levels, traffic, impacts on class VI roads and the adjacent environment, the practices of riders under 18, signage, and local and state enforcement of regulations. The update shall include consideration of procedures for requests by municipalities for changes to state corridors due to impacts on local roads and neighborhoods, and recommendations for alternatives to the use of state or municipal roads. The commissioner shall post on the department's public Internet site information about the update to the study and shall solicit and accept public comment concerning the update to the study for a period of not less than 30 days. The commissioner shall solicit and may accept gifts, grants, or donations from any source and may expend such moneys to fund the study required in this paragraph.
III. To the extent of the department's available appropriations, the commissioner of the department of natural and cultural resources shall study the effects of OHRV activity upon the state’s economy using the best available science and conducted by independent researchers who shall be selected by the commissioner. The economic impacts studied shall include benefits to the recreational economy, accommodations, restaurants, other services, and equipment sales, as well as impacts on abutters, including noise levels and traffic, property values, road and environmental conditions, enforcement and signage costs to municipalities, and other matters deemed significant by the commissioner. The economic impact study shall be completed and a report issued, including recommendations for legislation, no later than January 1, 2021, to the speaker of the house of representatives, senate president, governor, and state library. The commissioner shall solicit and may accept gifts, grants, or donations from any source and may expend such moneys to fund the study required in this paragraph.
Approved: July 12, 2019
Effective Date: July 12, 2019
|Jan. 3, 2019||Introduced 01/03/2019 and referred to Resources, Recreation and Development HJ 3 P. 24|
|Feb. 26, 2019||Public Hearing: 02/26/2019 11:30 am LOB 305-307|
|March 8, 2019||Full Committee Work Session: 03/08/2019 10:00 am LOB 305|
|March 13, 2019||Executive Session: 03/13/2019 10:00 am LOB 305|
|Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2019-0953h (Vote 20-0; CC)|
|March 19, 2019||Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2019-0953h for 03/19/2019 (Vote 20-0; CC) HC 16 P. 13|
|March 19, 2019||Amendment # 2019-0953h: AA VV 03/19/2019 HJ 10 P. 34|
|March 19, 2019||Ought to Pass with Amendment 2019-0953h: MA VV 03/19/2019 HJ 10 P. 34|
|March 28, 2019||Introduced 03/28/2019 and Referred to Transportation; SJ 12|
|April 30, 2019||Hearing: 04/30/2019, Room 103, LOB, 01:30 pm; SC 19|
|May 15, 2019||Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2019-1850s, 05/15/2019; SC 22|
|May 15, 2019||Committee Amendment # 2019-1850s, AA, VV; 05/15/2019; SJ 16|
|May 15, 2019||Ought to Pass with Amendment 2019-1850s, MA, VV; OT3rdg; 05/15/2019; SJ 16|
|June 13, 2019||House Concurs with Senate Amendment 1850s (Rep. Suzanne Smith): MA VV 06/13/2019 HJ 19 P. 11|
|June 27, 2019||Enrolled (In recess 06/27/2019); SJ 21|
|June 27, 2019||Enrolled 06/27/2019|
|July 12, 2019||Signed by Governor Sununu 07/12/2019; Chapter 218; Eff: 07/12/2019|
|Feb. 26, 2019||House||Hearing|
|March 13, 2019||House||Exec Session|
|March 19, 2019||House||Floor Vote|
|April 30, 2019||Senate||Hearing|
|May 15, 2019||Senate||Floor Vote|