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jhwentworth

Proposed changes at F&G

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Yet another legislative commission has developed a rescue plan for F&G finances. They rounded up the usual suspects of more money from the general fund, money from the room & meals tax, registration for kayaks and canoes, and more federal money.

But, they included something that would impact OHRV riders. They suggested that the courts be removed from enforcement of violations and F&G hold its own administrative hearings for violations and keep the fines. Currently the court system gets a large slice of those fines. A Union Leader story notes that "OHRV violations could be a particularly lucrative source of revenue."  This plan does sound like the business model for a small-town Georgia speed trap, but probably would generate significant F&G funding.

We have a new legislature coming in January, so it's hard to predict what will happen. 

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I would not want them to oversee a case vs. somebody. It would be judge, jury, and executioner. If you read the story and then watch the F&G Monthly meetings (on video) you will find a big contradiction as most of the comments on video is that financially they are fine. It is just that they don't want to spend "their" money.

 

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The Court system only gets what could be declared as a ''large slice'' because the fines are so small. Even if the F&G received 100% of previous year's fines... they only write about 1000 tickets with most being for $78. $78k is nice, but they are looking for $1 million per year at this time. The Feds are most likely a ''no''; as that opens to the gates to other federal land issues. The M&R is most likely a ''no'' as that opens up the coffers the NH Parks... and pulls money from other ''priorities'' that the new legislators are laying out. The most they could hope for there would be general funds to cover deficits in the SAR fund annually; and even that may come with strings attached to non-consumptive users. The kayak and canoe money would need to go into the public launches that F&G keeps complaining are only being funded by a percentage of boaters... so that money wouldn't be available to fix their field officer issues... and would sit in a fund that seldom gets used do to other adverse actions by local landowners. Even at the $248 NHSA proposal, they would need to write about four times as many tickets... and incur some hearing costs... so that might be as many as five times as many tickets. 

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