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Thu December 26, 2013
N.H. Lawmakers Float Idea Of Canoe, Kayak Fee To Boost Revenue
A legislative study group is floating the idea of imposing fees on canoes and kayaks in New Hampshire, but some lawmakers say the plan would sink like a stone.
The legislative Commission on Fish and Game Department Sustainability is recommending a $10 annual fee for no-motorized vessels.
State Sen. Jeff Woodburn of Dalton told WMUR-TV that the idea is dead on arrival in the Legislature, but state Sen. Bob Odell says lawmakers need to take a serious look at getting people to pay for the services they enjoy outdoors.
Fish and Game director Glenn Normandeau says at the very least, there needs to be a discussion given that the department's costs are outpacing revenues even with significant personnel reductions in the last several years.