Tag Archives: Advocacy

NMMA ramping up PR efforts ahead of peak boating season

The NMMA has been ramping up PR efforts ahead of peak boating season, working with news outlets nationwide to keep recreational boating top of mind. This week’s news coverage in high profile outlets, such as Car & Driver and the business and tech go-to source The Hustle, plus pickup from last week’s CNBC profile piece generated more than 200 earned media placements, nearly $200K in ...

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Outdoor groups call on Congress to pass conservation work legislation

Earlier this week, a coalition of ten organizations – including NMMA – called on Congress to consider conservation priorities as policymakers draft economic recovery legislation. NMMA joined the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, National Audubon Society, Environmental Defense Fund, National Wildlife Federation, Ducks Unlimited, American Sportfishing Association, and others in identifying a list of shared legislative priorities with House and Senate leadership. The ...

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NMMA announces dates for virtual 2021 American Boating Congress

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) announced that the 2021 American Boating Congress (ABC) will be held virtually April 21-22. More than 900 recreational boating industry stakeholders participated in last year’s annual advocacy summit, and NMMA is hoping to meet and exceed the record turnout this year. Featuring remarks from members of Congress, administration officials, and key political movers and ...

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Yamaha highlights 2020 advocacy work

Yamaha Marine, along with trade and conservation organizations, worked last year during the 116th Congress to ensure the conservation of U.S. waterways, promote responsible angler practices and increase access to federal land and waterways. The legislation signed into law in 2020 and early 2021 is the result of efforts from many entities promoting conservation and sustainability while achieving access for fishing ...

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NMMA: Wakesurfing legislation heating up in some states

With several state legislatures schedule to resume operations in the days and weeks ahead, the NMMA advocacy team is engaging with policymakers across the country on key recreational boating industry issues, including wake surfing access. To date, four state legislatures have acted on this critical issue, and more are expected to follow suit throughout 2021. Below is a list of ...

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Congress advances key water infrastructure measure

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved the 2020 Water Resources Development Act (S. 1811), which includes several recreational boating industry priorities that the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) recently outlined in a letter to congressional leaders. The legislation – commonly referred to as WRDA – is expected to pass the Senate and be signed into law before the end of the ...

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NMMA seeks input for advocacy focus in 2021

NMMA is calling on all recreational boating industry stakeholders to participate in the association’s third annual advocacy survey, which will play an important role in shaping the organization’s 2021 policy priorities. Click here to take the survey. Direct stakeholder feedback is essential to ensuring the industry’s advocacy efforts are robust and effective. More than 1,000 industry representatives have participated in the ...

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NMMA provides state-by-state advocacy recaps

NMMA recently released a state-by-state recap of the association's advocacy efforts for September in two different regions. Northeast Region Sales Tax: New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s final budget does not include any tax changes for the boating industry. Governor Murphy had previously proposed removing the reduced boat sales tax as well as the sales tax cap in his budget proposal. This ...

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BoatPAC to host presidential debate virtual watch party

Made in America event

On Tuesday, September 29, BoatPAC — the joint federal political action committee of the MRAA and the NMMA — will host a virtual watch party for the first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. The event begins at 8:30 p.m. ET and will be headlined by MRAA president, Matt Gruhn and NMMA president, Frank ...

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President Trump commits to expanding E15

Last weekend, President Donald Trump promised to loosen a restriction on the sale of higher-ethanol fuel blends like E15, which drew strong objections from the recreational boating community. Once final, the policy change would allow E15 to be dispensed from pumps made for lower-biofuel blends, including E10. In response, NMMA urged the administration to reverse its decision. According to NMMA, ...

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