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NH Senate votes to create hike safe card program

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The Senate has given preliminary approval to a program to sell "hike safe" cards to hikers that would forgive them for any rescue expenses they'd otherwise owe New Hampshire for being negligent.

The Senate voted Thursday to send the bill to the chamber's budget committee for review. The bill authorizes the state 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.

Hunters, anglers, boaters, snowmobilers and all-terrain vehicle riders currently pay almost all rescue costs though license fees.

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