CONCORD — State Senator Andrew Hosmer (D-Laconia) has introduced legislation to convene a committee to study the feasibility of offering a New Hampshire license plate commemorating Laconia Motorcycle Week, the oldest motorcycle rally in the country which will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2023.
Hosmer said yesterday that the purpose of the plate, which would be offered at a premium price, would be to generate funds to strengthen marketing of the event. He said that instead of seeking to introduce the plate, he preferred to establish study committee that could address the issues the proposal would raise,.
Hosmer noted that law enforcement agencies have expressed concern about the proliferation of specialized license plates and the Division of Travel and Tourism, which annually awards a grant to the Laconia Motorcycle Week Association to promote the rally, may have questions about earmarking additional funds exclusively for promoting the event. He said that the study committee would also consider the pricing of the license plate.
Hosmer said that a positive report of a study committee would lend momentum to a bill to introduce a specialized license plate for Motorcycle Week in a future session of the Legislature. Since the rally has grown and spread across the state, he expected the effort to strengthen promotion of the event would draw support from lawmakers beyond Laconia and the Lakes Region whose districts benefit from the influx of visitors.
The legislative initiative is one of several underway to bolster the flagging finances of the Laconia Motorcycle Week Association, which is saddled with debt.
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