- Associated Press - Friday, May 23, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - House and Senate negotiators have reached a tentative agreement on a bill that creates a program to sell “hike safe” cards to hikers that would forgive them for any rescue expenses they’d otherwise owe New Hampshire if they were negligent.

The deal reached Friday still must be approved by the full House and Senate.

The bill authorizes the state to sell voluntary hike safe cards for $25 per person and $35 per family. Most of the money would be used for search and rescue missions. People who obtain the cards would not have 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.

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