Your assistance is needed to help save the California OHV Program. Senate Bill 249 is scheduled for a hearing before the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife on July 11, 2017. This proposed bill is OPPOSED by state OHV groups and would eliminate the OHV program as it now exists.
The immediate need is for people that live within the districts of Members of the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife to send letters asking them to OPPOSE SB-249. A list of those members is provided below.
However, if you do not live in their district, please feel free to contact any or all and express your opposition.
Clovis, CA June 02, 2017 – With the Memorial Day Weekend behind us, schools will be letting out for the summer and visits to the Sierra National Forest (NF) will increase. Activities such as camping, backpacking, and picnicking in the great outdoors often include the enjoyment of a campfire.
The Sierra NF would like to remind our visitors to be responsible in their enjoyment and use of a campfire. Not only will it serve the purpose of providing warmth in the cool evenings, or roasting marshmallows, but it is part of the camping experience to sit around the fire and enjoy the company of those with you.
Many have never watched a Senate Floor vote. This segment of Senate Floor Discussion prior to a vote on a bill features Senator Joel Anderson’s comments in opposition to SB-249. EVERY OHV organization in the State is FIGHTING to kill SB-249, a very punitive bill that will effectively kill the state OHMVR program.
Thank-you, Senator Anderson, for your support.
The video is about 7 minutes long and worth viewing to stay informed. This is YOUR OHV program.
Please tell your friends in OHV to watch this video…………..
As the dust settles over the State Senate vote on SB 249, a few things are becoming clear. First, that the bill passed with basic minimum votes (3 - NO and 3 - Abstain from the Democrats) indicates this a noted issue and some elected representatives listened to their constituents. This is the OHMVR program praised by former Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell as 'world class'. The same program praised by Department of Parks Director Lisa Mangat as 'world class'.
On behalf of other OHV reps engaged in fight for the renewal of the program, thank-you for your contributions, calls and letters to your elected representatives. They made a difference.
Save the California OHV Program has been a high level topic for several months. Competing legislation has been introduced with State Senate and Assembly hearing held and more to come.
SB-249 was introduced. The legislation (as introduced) is very punitive towards OHV recreation and would basically destroy the program.
AB-1077 was introduced. This legislation seeks to renew the program, as is, making no substantial changes to a program that has functioned for more the 40 years. With the periodic re-authorizations required (last one SB-742 in 2007), the program is well managed and always within its budget.