Tag Archives: Advocacy

MMTA names Legislator of the Year

Last week State Senator Patrick O’Connor (R-Weymouth) was named the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association (MMTA) Legislator of the Year. “To be named the MMTA Legislator of the Year means a great deal to me,” said O’Connor. “The MMTA and Executive Director Lyons have been an incredible resource as my colleagues, and I try to find ways to support the marine trades ...

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Industry voices support for Indiana wakesurfing bill

The Indiana General Assembly, which opened its 2022 session the first week of the new year, is considering legislation (HB 1055, SB 187) which would establish commonsense guidelines for individuals and boats that engage in wakeboarding and wakesurfing. Both bills would keep Indiana’s waters safe for Hoosiers while protecting fair access to Indiana’s great waters and ensuring the safety of ...

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Virginia Governor announces funding for outdoor recreation office

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam proposed last week a two-year budget that will include nearly $245 million for outdoor recreation and Virginia’s world-renowned natural lands – a welcome announcement for the broader outdoor recreation industry, including NMMA and Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR), of which the NMMA is a founding member. The new funding will help significantly expand Virginia’s network of regional trails, Virginia ...

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Sea Tow presents awards at annual meeting

Sea Tow Foundation

Sea Tow Services International presented awards for outstanding service, boating advocacy and community support. The recipients were notified of the awards during the company’s annual meeting. During the event, Sea Tow’s leadership presented awards to honor the recipients’ outstanding dedication to the betterment of the boating industry. The 2021 Awards included: The Captain Joe Frohnhoefer Visionary Award – presented to the captain who most exemplifies the ...

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Washington State Marine Excise Tax reflects industry input

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Last week, the Washington State Department of Revenue held a hearing to finalize the watercraft excise tax depreciation schedule. The Department of Revenue proposed a final rule which reflected input from stakeholders in the marine industry and placed less of a financial burden on boat owners than the originally proposed excise tax schedule. In June, MRAA joined regional and national ...

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NMMA names new SVP of government relations

NMMA announced the hire of Tillie Fowler as its new senior vice president of government relations and regulatory affairs. Fowler will officially join the NMMA on August 30 and oversee the Association’s advocacy work at the federal, state, and international levels of government. “I am thrilled to welcome Tillie to the NMMA team. Her extensive policy and legislative experience across ...

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Legislators reintroduce Recreation Not Red Tape Act

Outdoors Recreation Act

Outdoor Recreation Roundtable recently threw its support behind Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Representative Blake Moore’s (R-UT) reintroduced Recreation Not Red Tape Act to lower obstacles for people to recreate in, improve and prioritize the outdoors. “Outdoor recreation is a major force in the nation’s economy, contributing $788 billion in economic output and supporting 5.2 million jobs. As our industry ...

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Senator proposes incentives for electric boats

Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) this week introduced the Fueling America’s Security and Transportation with Electricity Act of 2021 (FAST Electricity Act), which creates a new federal tax incentive to accelerate the manufacturing and adoption of all types of electrified transportation modes ranging from recreational boats to industrial equipment.The FAST Electricity Act, described in the more detail here, would establish a 30% ...

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MN Outdoor Recreation Task Force finalizes recommendations

After a year of deliberations and public input, the 21-member Minnesota Outdoor Recreation Task Force held their final meeting on March 24, 2021, where they finalized recommendations to enhance outdoor recreation in Minnesota. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Commissioner Sarah Strommen and Explore Minnesota Executive Director John Edman charged the Task Force to consider (1) how to bring measured ...

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NMMA recaps day one of ABC 2021

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Yesterday NMMA kicked off the first day of its annual advocacy event, the 2021 virtual American Boating Congress (ABC). The association welcomed nearly 400 attendees and an impressive lineup of speakers, including members of Congress, chiefs of staff, and directors of offices of outdoor recreation (OREC) from around the country. Throughout the initial day of programming, NMMA member companies and ...

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