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Arkansas Governor announces Office of Outdoor Recreation

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson recently announced that the state will create an Office of Outdoor Recreation (OREC) within the state’s Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism (ADPHT). The new office will be focused on developing new opportunities to showcase the state’s wide variety of outdoor activities, including boating, trail activities, and cycling. Arkansas is among the first southern state to ...

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Senate passes legislation to reopen tariff exclusion process

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On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate passed comprehensive legislation that establishes a new exclusion process for products impacted by the Section 301 tariffs on imports from China and reinstates exclusions for products that previously received an exclusion. Reinstating previous exclusions and establishing new opportunities for manufacturers to make the case for why their products should be excluded from the Section 301 ...

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Legislators reintroduce Recreation Not Red Tape Act

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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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MRAA: Delaware ‘Right to Repair’ Bill to exempt marine equipment

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The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas and the Coalition Opposed to Illegal Tampering have made progress in Delaware after meeting with state legislators to inform them of the potential harms right to repair legislation could have on marine and related industries. An amendment to the bill, filed by Rep. Valerie Longhurst, will exempt marine equpment from potentilaly hazardous right ...

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NMMA calls for action to avoid EU tariff increase

Ahead of a hearing in the U.S. House of Representatives regarding the Biden administration’s trade agenda, NMMA urged the White House, United States Trade Representative Ambassador Katherine Tai, and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo to strike an agreement with the European Union that prevents the trade bloc’s 25% tariff on U.S. boats and engines from doubling to 50% on June 1, ...

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U.S. FWS promotes public recreational access in expansion

Continuing the Department of the Interior’s efforts to increase recreational access on public lands, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced a proposal for new or expanded hunting and sport fishing opportunities for game species across 2.1 million acres at 90 national wildlife refuges and on the lands of one national fish hatchery. “We are committed to ensuring Americans ...

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ORR holds hill briefing on 2021 recreation priorities

ORR held a briefing with Capitol Hill staffers, leaders from across the outdoor recreation industry and members of the press March 24 attended by over 200 participants.   The briefing focused on how our industry can sustainably capitalize on soaring participation rates for job creation and economic recovery, and particularly how recreation can create jobs in rural America. The group also discussed implementing the ...

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NMMA urges California to withdraw proposal to change Prop 65 labels

On Monday, NMMA submitted comments to the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) — which recently announced proposed changes to California’s Proposition (Prop.) 65 short-form warning requirements. If your company is using the short-form warnings to comply with Prop. 65 requirements, these proposed changes will likely affect your Prop. 65 compliance plan and NMMA encourages you to submit comments via Boating United by March ...

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NMMA outlines Fiscal Year 2022 federal funding priorities

Last week, NMMA submitted its appropriations request for fiscal year 2022 (FY22) to Congress, as both chambers begin to develop their respective funding packages. While the appropriations process sets the spending levels at every agency in the federal government, it is an opportunity to improve initiatives and programs that are critically important to marine manufacturers, small businesses, and the entire recreational boating ...

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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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