Tag Archives: Advocacy

Brunswick hosts MN representatives at New York Mills operation

Minnesota State Representatives Mary Franson (08-A) and Jordan Rasmusson (08-B) this month visited Brunswick’s Lund and Crestliner operation in New York Mills. During the visit, Representatives Franson and Rasmusson met with members of the Brunswick leadership team to discuss key issues impacting the recreational boating industry. In Minnesota alone, the recreational boating industry generates more than $3 billion in economic ...

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NMMA participates in Congressional briefing on fisheries

NMMA National Marine Manufacturers Association

NMMA this week participated in a Hill briefing hosted by OCEANA, which focused on NOAA’s proposed rule to address ship strikes to endangered North Atlantic right whales and educated over 50 congressional staffers on the need for major revisions to NOAA’s proposal in order to achieve the shared goal of protecting the North Atlantic right whale population. As America’s original ...

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Smoker Craft, NMMA partner to host legislative fishing event

Smoker Craft Boats and NMMA, alongside key industry partners in outdoor recreation and conservation, hosted elected officials and staff including included members of the Indiana Senate, Indiana House of Representatives, federal staff representation from U.S. House Representations and U.S. Senate, agency officials and other key industry stakeholders and leaders in conservation, last month for an evening highlighting boating, fishing and ...

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NMMA meets with State Policymakers, staff at National Conference of State Legislatures

NMMA National Marine Manufacturers Association

The NMMA team last week met with dozens of state lawmakers, staff, agencies, and more at the annual National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), the nation’s premier bipartisan gathering of state legislators and staff, in Denver, Colorado from August 1-3, 2022. The conference hosted more than 1,000 attendees from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, including lawmakers, agency ...

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NMMA announces dates for ABC 2023

The American Boating Congress (ABC) will return to Washington, D.C. from May 8-10, 2023, bringing together all segments of the recreational boating industry to share its collective voice on Capitol Hill and address pressing matters to the industry. Following the return of a successful in-person ABC this year, the NMMA will welcome the industry back to The Wharf, D.C. at ...

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NMMA State Advocacy Team secures victories in boating access

As state legislative sessions near their final days, boating access rights have been at risk across the United States. Lawmakers, agencies, and special interest groups across several states have attempted to regulate towed water sports, specifically wakesurfing, due to erroneous claims that the activity has a negative impact on waterway shorelines.The NMMA State Advocacy team, alongside the Water Sports Industry ...

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California pauses proposal to change Prop 65 labels

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The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) announced last week it was unable to complete the regulatory process for its proposal to change the Proposition 65 (Prop 65) short-form warning requirements. California OEHHA’s proposal to the short-form warning requirements changes would require any company using short-form warnings to revise their Prop 65 compliance plans, including labeling and marketing materials. In ...

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Innovation: A bipartisan no-brainer

By Bill Yeargin Many people don’t realize how close the pandemic and related supply chain issues have come to both shutting down the U.S. economy and putting our national security at significant risk. And the risk was largely related to semiconductor chips. 92% of semiconductor chips are made outside the U.S., and these chips are in almost everything. According to ...

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Minnesota boater education bill moves ahead

As the weather warms and boating season nears in the Great Lakes region, Minnesota lawmakers are inching closer to officially expanding boater education to include adult operators. Last Thursday the Minnesota House of Representatives passed its omnibus environment and natural resources bill, HF4492/SF4062. The bill will return to the Senate, where a conference committee is expected to work out the differences ...

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NMMA calls for more USACE funding

Late last month the administration released its Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) budget, detailing a number of budget priorities and funding initiatives beginning July 2022 through June 2023. Included in the budget outline is funding for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), a leading provider for public boating access across the nation. The administration’s budget proposal slashes funding for the ...

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