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Loon Bill (SB 89) Faces Crucial House Hearing

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We need your help today and on Thursday,

April 25, 2013 to protect NH's loons!


The Loon Preservation Committee (LPC), NH Lakes Association (NH LAKES), and NH Audubon are working together in support of Senate Bill 89 (SB 89).  This bill would protect our state's threatened loon population by expanding current restrictions on the sale and freshwater use of toxic lead fishing sinkers and jigs.  The revised ban would include lead sinker and jig sizes up to one ounce--still the largest known cause of New Hampshire adult loon mortality.


Thank you to everyone who came to the Senate hearing or contacted their senators in support of SB 89!  With the strong support of LPC members and volunteers, SB 89 passed the New Hampshire Senate by a unanimous vote. However, SB 89's future in the House of Representatives may still be in jeopardy.  The House Fish and Game and Marine Resources Committee is now considering SB 89, and we need your help to ensure the bill's passage.


Please show your support for this important bill in the following two ways:


1. Contact the members of the House Fish and Game and Marine Resources Committee today and ask them to support SB 89 You may send an email to each of the Committee members or find their phone numbers to make calls by clicking here; and,


2. Join us on Thursday, April 25, 2013, at the House Fish and Game and Marine Resources Committee hearing on SB 89The allotted time for the hearing on the bill is limited - your phone calls and written comments beforehand will ensure that your voice is heard by committee members even if you don't speak at the hearing.



We need to fill the hearing room to make sure our support for SB 89 is visible to committee members. 

 As you may recall, similar legislation was defeated in the House Fish and Game and Marine Resources Committee last year by well-organized anglers who travelled to Concord to make sure they could keep using their toxic lead jigs. We also had a tremendous showing of support from our members and volunteers last year for the legislation, and we thank everyone who came to Concord or contacted their legislators. We need to do even better this year.


HEARING TIME:  April 25, 2013, 12:30 p.m. Please try to arrive by 11:30 a.m. (or as early as possible) to get a seat and sign your name in support of the bill. You don't need to speak unless you want to. 


HEARING LOCATION:   Room 307, Legislative Office Building, 33 North State Street, Concord, NH 03301.


On street parking is available, and two parking garages are located close to the Legislative Office Building: the Firehouse Block Garage on North State Street and the Durgin Block Garage on School Street. More parking information is available from the City of Concord website here.


Please help us pass SB 89 and its critical protections for our state's loons!  If you have any questions, or would like to let us know you'll be joining us on Thursday, April 25, please contact LPC's legislative coordinator, Sheridan Brown, at 603-230-2473 or email Sheridan.


Together, we can protect our loons from toxic lead fishing tackle. Thank you for your past and continued support!




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Harry Vogel

LPC Executive Director



The Loon Preservation Committee is dedicated to restoring and maintaining a healthy population of loons throughout New Hampshire; monitoring the health and productivity of loon populations as sentinels of environmental quality; and promoting a greater understanding of loons and the natural world.