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Bill establishes hike safe card in New Hampshire

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire is considering giving negligent hikers a chance to buy a hike safe card that forgives rescue expenses they'd otherwise owe the state.

The House is voting on a bill in January that authorizes the Fish and Game Department to sell voluntary hike safe cards for $25 per person and $35 per family. People who obtain the cards would not be liable to repay rescue costs if their rescue was due to negligence on their part.

The bill also would exempt people with hunting and fishing licenses and anyone with an off-highway recreational vehicle registration, including for a snowmobile.

The department has struggled to keep up with the cost of rescues, which are primarily for helping lost or injured hikers.

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