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NMMA recaps May state advocacy

While some state legislatures were slowing down last month, NMMA’s state advocacy efforts were heating up in others, with thirty-three states still in the middle of their legislative sessions and one in a special session. During this period, the recreational boating industry celebrated a major win in Florida, as the state’s legislature passed uniformed vessel titling legislation. Ranging from highly ...

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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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Frank Hugelmeyer named new NMMA President

NMMA announced its Board of Directors has selected Frank Hugelmeyer, a veteran leader in the outdoor recreation industry, as the association’s next president. He succeeds Thom Dammrich, who has led the NMMA for 20 years and announced his retirement in 2018. “Frank brings extensive experience and expertise in outdoor recreation and association management to NMMA, making him the ideal growth-minded ...

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Agreement reached for Section 232 tariffs

On Friday, Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. reached an agreement on Section 232 aluminum and steel tariffs and subsequent retaliation. The agreement clears the deck for ratification of the United States-Mexico-Canada agreement (USMCA) and marks the end of all North American retaliatory tariffs on boats. In response, NMMA president, Thom Dammrich stated, "The agreement between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico ...

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Trump Administration announces new Section 301 tariffs

On Monday, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) posted a Federal Register notice announcing the process for its proposed Section 301 tariff of 25 percent on an additional $300 billion worth of Chinese products (List 4). USTR’s action follows a recent setback in trade negotiations between the U.S. and China and would apply a 25 percent tariff on all remaining Chinese imports ...

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ABC 2019 kicks off this week

Monday was the opening day of the 2019 American Boating Congress (ABC) – the recreational boating industry’s preeminent annual advocacy summit in Washington, D.C. – where a record-breaking number of participants will convene to advance the industry’s advocacy priorities. The first day will feature welcome remarks from NMMA president, Thom Dammrich, awards presentations, issue workshops, and a networking reception. The ...

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Idaho county drops proposed wake boat ban

In late April, NMMA joined more than 250 stakeholders to help defeat a measure in Valley County, Idaho that would have placed punitive restrictions on wake boats. The proposal would have disallowed waves greater than 24 inches within 1,000 feet from shore on seven popular lakes in southern Idaho, including Payette Lake near McCall and Cascade Lake.NMMA, the Personal Watercraft ...

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No wake zone: VHDPA makes no splash 20 years later

By Benjamin Patton The anniversary came – and went – unnoticed. It has now been 20 years since Congress enacted 17 U.S.C. § 1301, otherwise referred to as the Vessel Hull Design Protection Act (VHDPA). During that time, there have been a grand total of 538 registrations granted by the Copyright Office under the VHDPA. That’s an average of 27 registrations ...

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NMMA and NMMA Canada celebrate elimination of Canadian retaliatory tariffs on U.S. boats

Last week, the Government of Canada removed all retaliatory tariffs on U.S. recreational boats entering Canada, immediately ending a levy that hurt boat businesses on both sides of the border. NMMA and NMMA Canada heralded the news, calling the action a momentous step in the right direction for the North American marine industry, which has been particularly suppressed by tariffs ...

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NMMA, EMD and MACD name new board members

As a result of John Pfeifer’s (former Mercury Marine president) resignation from the NMMA and Engine Manufacturer Division (EMD) boards, Ron Huibers, president and CEO of Volvo Penta of the Americas, has been moved up from Vice Chair to Chair of the EMD Board, effective immediately, and also joins the NMMA Executive Committee. Huibers continues as a member of the ...

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