NH LAKES works with New Hampshire legislators, state agency staff, and partners to submit and support bills that will help restore and preserve our lakes. While NH LAKES takes strong positions of support or opposition on some bills, we also track many bills as they move through the legislative process, so we can respond if they become essential to our cause. Learn more about some of the bills we support and track.
2024 Legislative Tracking
How a Bill Becomes a Law in New Hampshire
Let’s describe the procedure through which a bill becomes a law. You may be acquainted with this, but the procedure might be a bit perplexing to some. The infographic below breaks down the process in a friendly and easy-to-absorb way.
See what happened with bills NH LAKES tracked in previous New Hampshire Legislative Sessions:
Committee to study boat registration fees: NH LAKES supported House Bill 137, which would establish a committee to study boat registration fees so that New Hampshire can come into compliance with federal law when collecting boat registration fees. This bill was passed by the House and Senate.
Currently, when a boat is registered in New Hampshire, the state adds additional fees to the transaction. These additional fees support critical programs. These programs include the lake restoration and preservation fund, which supports preventing and managing invasive species in our lakes. Collecting these additional fees in the same transaction when registering a boat violates federal law.
The study committee formed by this bill will meet over the summer and into the fall to determine how New Hampshire can effectively collect these critical additional fees while complying with federal law. NH LAKES has been named one of the groups the committee should seek input, advice, and expertise from in addressing the issue. We’ll keep you posted.
House Bill 325: requires boaters to use AIS prevention technologies at public boat access facilities, if they are available. This important addition to existing clean and drain requirements will further help to prevent the spread of AIS in New Hampshire by encouraging boat access facility owners to invest in AIS prevention technologies.
House Bill 625: requires out-of-state boaters to purchase a $20 decal annually for AIS prevention and management. This additional revenue will help reduce the increasing AIS prevention and management cost burden that local groups and municipalities have to bear.