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House passes legislation for harbor investment

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2440 – the Full Utilization of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund Act – by a 296-109 margin. The legislation would invest $34 billion in Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF) revenues towards critical port and harbor maintenance activities over the next decade without raising a dime in new taxes. NMMA applauded House ...

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ORR members testify before Congress on outdoor recreation economy

Outdoor recreation will be at the forefront of conversations on Capitol Hill this week. For the first time, the House Committee on Small Business will hold a hearing focused solely on outdoor recreation. The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) and its members said they have been working with offices of Chairwoman Nydia Velázquez (NY-07) and Ranking Member Steve Chabot (OH-01) on how Congress can address ...

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Congressional champions introduce conservation bill

Yesterday, Representatives Garret Graves (R-LA-06) and Joe Cunningham (D-SC-01) – members of the Congressional Boating Caucus – introduced legislation to reauthorize and restore the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund (Trust Fund) – a $650 million program established at the behest of recreational boaters and anglers in 1950 to pay for conservation and infrastructure projects in all 50 states. Protecting and expanding the ...

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NMMA looks to create more outdoor recreation offices

With seven states remaining in legislative session this late in the year, the NMMA state advocacy team is continuing to engage on a range of policies, while analyzing some of the major issues that surfaced during the 2019 legislative sessions. In 2019, several states established outdoor recreation offices, bringing the total to 16, and NMMA and the association’s coalition partners ...

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US Senate Committee advances funding for industry priorities

Before Congress left Washington, D.C. for its two-week October recess, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee passed several measures that provide funding for key recreational boating industry’s priorities. The bills – which include programs that would promote and protect boating access and local economies that depend on the industry – now head to the full Senate for consideration. The spending bills ...

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NMMA recaps August state advocacy efforts

As summer winds down, so are most of the state legislatures. Six states remain in session, one is in special session, and sixteen are on recess. In late July, the recreational boating industry celebrated a major win in Virginia with the establishment of an outdoor recreation office. Fifteen states now have either offices or task forces dedicated to expanding the ...

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NMMA member appointed to congressman’s advisory board

Scott Lewit, President of Structural Composites, Inc. and an active member of the NMMA, has been appointed to Congressman Bill Posey’s Business Advisory board.  Congressman Posey represents Florida’s 8th Congressional District, which encompasses all of Brevard and Indian River Counties, and a small portion of Orange County (Bithlo, Christmas and Wedgefield). “It is quite an honor to be selected for Congressman Posey’s Business Advisory Board," Lewit ...

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Minnesota state senator visits Lund, Crestliner

Minnesota State Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen recently visited Brunswick’s Lund and Crestliner facility in New York Mills, Minn. to meet with members of the leadership team, tour the plant, and speak with several of the 560 employees regarding the company’s operations as well as challenges facing the recreational marine industry. The NMMA says plant visits with elected officials are important opportunities ...

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Wisconsin establishes Office of Outdoor Recreation

Last week, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers signed the state budget bill into law, which subsequently created the Office of Outdoor Recreation within Wisconsin Tourism – an important initiative that will help expand outdoor recreation opportunities in the state. With this measure, Wisconsin becomes the 14th state to establish an outdoor recreation office, a testament to the growing understanding of the ...

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NOAA designates new marine sanctuary in Maryland

On Monday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the State of Maryland, and Charles County announced the designation of a new national marine sanctuary to protect the remains of more than 100 abandoned steamships and vessels built as part of America’s engagement in World War I. Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary, about 40 miles south of Washington, D.C., ...

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