John Mercier

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John Mercier last won the day on December 19 2016

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  1. 2019 legislative session

    Between the estimated loss of revenue for GIA, and the increased cost to F&G, reading the financial statements at the bottom becomes the focus of the bill. With the federal restrictions on the expenditure of NRTP being enforced, it becomes more imperative that the clubs have revenue...
  2. Fish and Game Rep

    It think the problem Dennis is that most riders have never attended any public meetings under the JLCAR system; so they don't realize that while it has a process that is already in statute (as you've shown above), that it is a process and not just a declaration by the ED.... so it can't be done at the last minute.
  3. Fish and Game Rep

    If your wondering... I used the Administrative Rules route to get a repeal of the reciprocity with VT understanding.
  4. Fish and Game Rep

    The lengthy legislative process being discussed by the Captain is the rule making process that Dennis pointed out. The process is already law. Much different than actually asking the Legislature to change the law. When we ask for a rules change through the prescribed legislative process... it takes time. When we ask for a law change... it not only takes time... it is required to have a financial impact statement at the bottom of the bill. When a legislator reads a statement like ''May impact revenue/expenditures by an unknown sum''; they start asking the questions. Usually those questions get asked again, for each committee that it flows through and both sides of the Statehouse. Dennis pointed out the easy route.
  5. Fish and Game Rep

    All Dennis mentioned was that it could be done through the current process without a legislative change. The RSA allows the Executive Director to determine what is the ''extent of the privilege'' of reciprocity. Legislatively, you are going to get into the finance questions... and that does not bode well for the desired outcome.
  6. Reciprocal Weekend Cancelled

    Because the Legislature is going to ask about the pressures placed on trail maintenance and enforcement. No federal funding of the Transportation Bill means no NRTP. No federal funding of the Interior Bill means no transfer of Dingell-Johnson and Pittman-Robinson, which means the F&G is going to have funding issues in the field. The State of NH must authorize expenditure of the federal funds in the State budget, and the State budget will have problems authorizing funds that they do not know when and what amount will be received. That is additional to the already existing situation of the short funding. What is being asked is to forego funding for the benefit of the local businesses... but it places pressure on system at risk.
  7. Reciprocal Weekend Cancelled

    I think the problem quickly becomes a focus on funding. Govt shutdown affects Transportation and Interior Appropriations bills.
  8. Buyers remorse phenomenon

    Patience. The snow will come.
  9. Reciprocal Weekend Cancelled

    The Legislature gets requested to act by having one of its members enter a LSR. No legislator made a LSR on the subject... even after the determination that a situation existed.
  10. Reciprocal Weekend Cancelled

    The Legislature didn't fail to act. The Legislature has to be requested to act. No one asked them to act because it is not in the financial benefit of any of the groups that you listed but businesses... and even then only short term. The reason that we hold registration free events is to secure future members and registrations. It is like getting a sample at the supermarket; they give away the small free sample in the hopes of gaining future paying customers. The Legislature has been made aware over the years that the benefit to tourism is directly related to the number of registrations, when those numbers drop - for example the snowmobile registrations going from nearly 80,000 to around 60,000 - the Legislature see the effect in the official tourism numbers - in the prior case the drop from $1.2 Billion to $589 million... had the $1.2 billion been adjusted for inflation that number would difference would have been even worse. The event permitting process is what the Associations want to so that clubs may seek the benefit of gaining memberships and possible future registrations that spread the cost of the trails and enforcement over a larger number of riders and keep the cost of registrations down.
  11. Reciprocal Weekend Cancelled

    The Legislature didn't change the statute. We can provide a registration free event whenever we would like through the event permit process. While both Associations understand the value of tourism, they are more concerned with dollars that support the motorized trail community directly. As costs rise, and are spread over a fewer number of riders, it becomes prohibitive for those on the margin. All three States have seen the demographics reports from the last US Census and the EBRI Retirement Preparedness data. It appears like a wedge that kills the Golden Goose, wiping out the tourism created by the motorized community.
  12. OHRV/Snowmobile Event Permits

    The local clubs sometimes do not get the information of the rules changes from the Associations... that would be a Executive/Director flaw at the Association. Sometimes the local clubs get the rule changes, but don't bother to inform the entire membership... so it seems to come as a ''surprise''. The easiest way to help Dennis is to get the information to him on time or early. I know that he has been very lenient in the past... more lenient than he should have been... as I myself have been involved with permit requests that should have been made months in advance but waited till the last minute due to weather concerns.
  13. Snowy winter on tap?

    It will come back. The trail on the lower end of my property generally sees sufficient snow after the January Thaw when the storm path changes...
  14. Some good news

    I'm sure by the time hits most would have simply changed out to something else to do.
  15. Some good news

    How many of us would be around in the next century to care?