The use of Musher is to be defined as “any person engaging in a dog powered sport, be it with a scooter, kick sled, cross country skis, dog sled, motorized training rig, etc.”
NH Statewide Trails Advisory Committee is aware of the potential for dangers of snowmobiles and dogsleds sharing the same trails all over the state. The committee strongly encourages us to unify, educate and protect ourselves on and off the trails. The NHMA enables us to have a group to voice our concerns, disseminate information to all types of trail users, to educate ourselves, and protect our present privileges.
Everyone is important to this cause. Recreational skijorers and weekend mushers are just as important as professional racers. We all need the support of the NH Statewide Trails Advisory Committee and the use of these trails to pursue a sport we all love.
Please join us in our efforts to make our trails safer for ourselves and our dogs!
This is crunch time and our last chance to put a stop to the Pet Vendor definition or it will become law and we will have to fight to change it next session which will be an even steeper uphill battle than we’ve experienced to date.
The Pet Vendor language passed the Senate in HB2 yesterday. Because HB2 had already been approved by the New Hampshire House of Representatives, this language will not receive a single public hearing before the House. Next HB2 will go to conference committee (with members from Senate Finance and House Finance, exact members TBD).
We need everyone to help! What can you do?
If so, please contact them to urge them to remove the Pet Vendor language from the budget (Item # 337 and 338: page 137, lines 13-29 of Amendment to HB 2-FN-A-LOCAL, #2019-2403s). This language has No fiscal impact, is policy that should have gone through committees and public hearings, should not be in budget and will have many unintended consequences.
It would be ideal if you can speak to them on the phone, or even schedule a time to meet in person.
Please urge your clubs to contact the Speaker and Chair of House Finance as well!
Please contact your Reps (brownie points for Democrats) and request they speak to the House Finance Committee on your behalf, their constituent, to request this language be removed from the budget.
Go here to determine who your Reps are and access contact information: http://gencourt.state.nh.us/house/members/default.aspx
Senate Budget Floor Amendment #2019-2403s