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Senate to consider hike safe card program

The Senate will vote on whether to sell “hike safe” cards to hikers that would forgive them for any rescue expenses they’d otherwise owe New Hampshire for being negligent.

Thursday’s vote will be on a House-passed 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.

The bill would exempt people with hunting and fishing licenses and anyone with an off-highway recreational vehicle registration. Hunters, anglers, boaters, snowmobilers and all-terrain vehicle riders pay almost all the rescue costs through license fees.

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