Important letter for NH climbers from AAC Member & local Access Fund representative
We received this note from AAC Member and local Access Fund representative Erik Eisele:
New Hampshire climbers –
I just caught wind of this today, but state lawmakers are reviewing legislation to bolster landowner protections for people who open their property to recreational uses. New Hampshire law currently protects landowners who open their land “for hunting, fishing, trapping, camping, horseback riding, bicycling, water sports, winter sports, snowmobiling, or OHRVs as defined in RSA 215-A, hiking, sightseeing, or removal of fuel wood” from getting sued if someone gets hurt on their property. Landowners who open their property to technical climbing are not explicitly protected. This proposed bill is an opportunity for us to change that.
The state senate judiciary committee is set to review HB 1551 on Thursday. It has already passed the house. If we can get the senate to amend it to include “technical climbing” among the activities explicitly protected under state statute it would make it much easier to convince private property owners to open their lands to climbing. It would be very difficult to convince lawmakers to consider a bill just to make this one minor change to the law, but with HB 1551 already making its way through Concord it may be possible to tag on protections for the entire climbing community.
So… PLEASE contact your state senator and ask him or her to add technical climbing to the list of activities protected by House Bill 1551.
If you live in the southern Mount Washington Valley chances are your state senator is Jeb Bradley: email@example.com or (603) 271-8472
If you live in the northern Mount Washington Valley chances are your state senator is John Gallus: firstname.lastname@example.org or (603) 271-3076
If you live in the Rumney area chances are your state senator is Jeanie Forrester: email@example.com or (603) 271-4151
If you live outside those areas you can find your state senator here: http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/senate/members/senate_roster.aspx
Phone calls are better than emails, but any contact you make with your senator will help. For this to work you need to call in the 24 to 48 hours, otherwise HB 1551 will pass the senate without the necessary changes. If we can raise enough of a ruckus, however, we might be able to change the law. It only takes a minute.
The full text of HB 1551 is available here: http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2012/HB1551.html
Please forward this to any New Hampshire climbers you know.
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