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SB-249: Help OPPOSE, Save OHV

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.

You can either write and mail a letter, send an email with the below text (about 1505 characters) or leave a posting on the Member’s Facebook Wall.

The members are addressed as Honorable (first name) (last name)

The heading across from the address will say:   SB-249 (Allen) OPPOSE

Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife:

Eduardo Garcia (Chair)

Phone: 916 319 2056 
Fax: 916 319 2156 

Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife
Capitol Office, Room 4140
P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0056

James Gallagher (Vice Chair)

Phone: 916 319 2003 
Fax: 916 319 2103 

Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife
Capitol Office, Room 2158
P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0003

Frank Bigelow

Phone: 916 319 2005 
Fax: 916 319 2105 

Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife
Capitol Office, Room 4158
P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0005

Steven S. Choi, PhD.

Phone: 916 319 2068 
Fax: 916 319 2168 

Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife
Capitol Office, Room 2016
P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0068

Kansen Chu

Phone: 916 319 2025 
Fax: 916 319 2125 

Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife
Capitol Office, Room 2160
P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0025

Laura Friedman

Phone: 916 319 2043
Fax: 916 319 2143 

Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife
Capitol Office, Room 2137
P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0043

Todd Gloria

Phone: 916 319 2078 
Fax: 916 319 2178 

Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife
Capitol Office, Room 4162
P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0078

Jimmy Gomez

Phone: 916 319 2051 
Fax: 916 319 2151 

Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife
Capitol Office, Room 3126
P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-005

Matthew Harper

Phone: 916 319 2074 
Fax: 916 319 2174 

Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife
Capitol Office, Room 5126
P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0074

Marc Levine

Phone: 916 319 2010 
Fax: 916 319 2110 

Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife
Capitol Office, Room 5135
P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0010

Devon J. Mathis

Phone: 916 319 2026 
Fax: 916 319 2126

Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife
Capitol Office, Room 2111
P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0026

Blanca E. Rubio

Phone: 916 319 2048 
Fax: 916 319 2148 

Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife
Capitol Office, Room 5175
P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0048

Rudy Salas, Jr.

Phone: 916 319 2032 
Fax: 916 319 2132 

Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife
Capitol Office, Room 4016
P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0032

Tony Thurmond

Phone: 916 319 2015 
Fax: 916 319 2115 

Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife
Capitol Office, Room 4005
P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0015

Jim Wood

Phone: 916 319 2002 
Fax: 916 319 2102 

Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife
Capitol Office, Room 6005
P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0002

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Use the sample letter below....

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For an email:

The above links are direct to the Member's website.

 Or, Go To:   http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/

 Enter your address, city, and zip code

 Click “Locate”

 Your Assembly Member and State Senator will be displayed with a link to their respective websites.

 On the website will be a “Contact” link with the ability to send an email to your representative.

 Please cut and paste the below information and send an email to your elected representative.

 Most Legislators maintain a social media (Facebook) presence.

 And, cut and paste the below information and post it to the Facebook Wall of your elected representative.

 Letter text is below:

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Re: SB 249 (Allen) OPPOSE

Dear Assembly Member:

Since 1971, the OHV Program has been a success and hailed as a national model. The Program assures that quality recreational opportunities are available for future generations by providing education, conservation, and law enforcement efforts that balance OHV recreation impact with programs that conserve and protect cultural and natural resources.

I encourage you to listen to concerns expressed by OHV stakeholders. Regulatory mandates and related compliance requirements place the entire program (SVRAs and units managed by the FS/BLM/Counties) in both legal and fiscal jeopardy. 

CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) is defined as the fundamental guidance law for compliance which requires the disclosure of potential impacts to the natural environment to the extent practicable.

As such, the SB-249 creates a new administrative regulatory (legal) construct which is not supported by other legislation. This is excessive administrative regulation overreach with an adverse impact on federal partner participation in the OHV program. The proposed administrative regulations cause confusion in the defined intent of the OHV program and the guidelines to manage the OHMVR program.

I urge your office to work with the OHV community to provide legislation that honors the history, spirit, and intent of the current OHV program that is looked to as a national model of managed 21st Century OHV recreation. Please OPPOSE SB-249.

Respectfully submitted, 

 

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