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NH House passes $2 boat fee hike for milfoil control

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Boaters could pay an extra $2 to register their boats to raise money for the control of lake weeds under a bill given preliminary approval by New Hampshire's House.

The bill had originally proposed requiring boats registered in other states to buy a decal to help fund a program to control milfoil, an invasive aquatic plant that damages a lake's ecosystem.

The House voted 164-127 Wednesday to raise the registration fee instead when research showed the decal program would probably not break even. The money raised would be dedicated to the lake restoration and prevention program that works to control exotic weeds like milfoil.

Opponents argued it isn't fair for state boaters to bear the full cost of the program.

The Ways and Means Committee next reviews the bill.

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