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NH Lawmakers consider hike safe card program

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire's tax writing committee is considering whether hikers who buy a hike safe card should be forgiven for any rescue expenses they'd otherwise owe the state for being negligent and getting into trouble.

The Ways and Means Committee is holding a public hearing Tuesday on a bill 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 House has already given its preliminary support to the proposal.

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