California Bill to Undermine Off-Highway Vehicles Program Approved by Senate Committee

 

DON’T DELAY!  Please voice your Opposition for S.B. 249  immediately to California Senate Transportation and Housing Committee Members by emailing now:

You may use the following points in your message:

  • California’s Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) program was established in 1971.  California OHV user taxes and fees directly fund OHV management and facility maintenance.  This self-sustaining program doesn’t require general fund taxes.
     
  • The OHMVR program provides funds to local, state and federal agencies, educational institutions and nonprofit entities for OHV management on both federal and state lands. 
     
  • S.B. 249 would allow OHMVR funds to be spent on unrelated programs, without any requirement to reimburse the funds.  
     
  • S.B. 249 would threaten closure of existing OHV recreation areas and any new or expanded areas.
     
  • S.B. 249 would undermine the OHMVR program, a dedicated-funding program that has been a worldwide model of success.  OHV use contributes an estimated $20 billion to the California economy. 

Overview: Legislation (S.B. 249) to allow funds collected for California’s Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMRV) program to be spent by other agencies on unrelated programs and never reimbursed was approved by the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee.  The bill has now been sent to the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee for consideration. 


 

 

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