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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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Oregon Senate passes towed watersports program

Last week, the Oregon Senate passed HB 2352 – which creates a towed watersports program in the state – and now awaits Governor Kate Brown’s signature. The National Marine Manufacturers Association was part of a coalition of stakeholders and businesses that opposed the bill. HB 2352 creates a $124 biannual boating permit for wakeboat operators along a 17 mile stretch ...

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Legislators introduce new outdoor recreation access bill

Earlier this week, a bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced the Recreation Not Red Tape Act (H.R. 3458), which would increase recreational opportunities on public lands and waters. The NMMA said it strongly supports this legislation and is actively advocating for its passage. "Led by boating and fishing, outdoor recreation is one of the fastest growing segments of the U.S. economy, and the ...

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House committee holds hearing on modernizing infrastructure

Last week, the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing to discuss “The LIFT America Act” – legislation that would rebuild and modernize the nation’s infrastructure, including expanding access to broadband. In a news release, NMMA welcomed the hearing, as the association continues its push for updating outdoor recreation infrastructure in any comprehensive legislation. During the hearing, ...

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USMCA: Let’s get it done

The past few weeks have been good for the boating industry related to Canada and Mexico. President Trump lifted the 232 tariffs on aluminum and steel and Canada lifted the retaliatory tariffs that were hurting our industry on both sides of the border. Now we are focused on the final step of putting the North American trade war behind us; ...

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NMMA to host September Michigan fly-in

NMMA will raise its state political advocacy to a new level on September 11, 2019, with the inaugural Michigan political fly-in. To be held in state’s capitol in Lansing, the event will focus on bringing its priorities of an outdoor recreational office, aquatic invasive species prevention and elimination, workforce development, and business taxes to decision makers. Click here to register. Expanding ...

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