AB 2274 SIGNED IN CALIFORNIA
Posted September 19, 2002 - 01:26 PM
Here is another write up on it.
CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND RECREATION
For energy efficient recreation -California
State Parks on the Internet:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Steve Capps
September 19, 2002 (916) 651-8750
Gov. Gray Davis Signs OHV Reform
Supported by Off-Roaders, Environmentalists
SACRAMENTO - Governor Gray Davis has signed legislation that will secure appropriate
places for off-highway vehicle (OHV) users to ride, while providing better protection for the
"This is an important measure that will protect the interests of off-road enthusiasts, while
protecting the interests of California's environment," Governor Davis said.
The legislation, AB 2274, by Assembly Speaker pro tem Fred Keeley (D-Boulder Creek)
and Assemblymen Mark Wyland (R-Del Mar), drew bipartisan support in the Legislature, and
won the support of both environmental organizations and off-road recreation groups. AB 2274
represents the most sweeping reform of California’s off-highway vehicle program in its 30-year
The new law will require that a portion of gas taxes paid by owners of non-registered off-highway
vehicles be earmarked for conservation, restoration of lands damaged by off-road use
and law enforcement. It also increases funding for local law enforcement by directing 100
percent of off-highway vehicle fines and forfeitures to the county/city of origin rather than the
current even split between the state and county/city of origin.
The legislation also initiates a comprehensive strategic planning process to improve the
chances for acquisition and development of OHV recreation areas. It calls for a number of
objective studies to better understand trends in off-road vehicle recreation and the need for
development of urban, off-road sport complexes that could maximize use of already developed
areas while providing youth a closer-to-home OHV experience.
AB 2274 also brings California’s off-road noise emissions levels down from one of the worst
in the nation to one of the best, reducing the maximum decibel level standard from 101 db to 96
Posted September 19, 2002 - 01:43 PM
And the hit's just keep on comming
Posted September 19, 2002 - 02:36 PM
Doesn't look like your off-road funds were doing much for you to begin with. Royce Woods must be working overtime...
drew bipartisan support in the Legislature, and
won the support of both environmental organizations and off-road recreation groups.
Posted September 19, 2002 - 06:40 PM
Posted September 19, 2002 - 07:06 PM
Archive this and bring it back up in 20 years: The plan is to have us riding on a handful of 200-500 acre parcels just outside of town, where we can recreate "unmolested" on land purchased with Green Sticker money. Riding on large open areas of public land will be strictly forbidden due to our extreme detrimental effect on the flora and fauna of the region. Speed limits, helmet laws, noise regulations, tire type and size limits, and even horsepower limits will be heavily regulated and enforced under penalty of fines, imprisonment, and/or confiscation of our equipment and vehicles. Insurance will be required, registration mandatory, and a park entry fee of $75 per day will be collected. Entry fees will be used to mitigate the "damage" we cause to the land and "manage" the trails and tracks. A portion of every dollar will go to the Center for Biological and Recreational Diversity for lawsuits in other states challenging the citizens' claim to rights of use of the public lands for similar activities (and, of course, to assist in setting up similar recreational parks in those states). Eventually, the concept will have been adopted without much opposition in all 50 states.
Think it can't happen where you are? Think your Constitution protects you?
Only if you don't get involved and fight for it.
You would be shocked at how these people view our US Constitution! They are arrogant enough to believe that it is just sitting there waiting for them to change it and re-interpret it!
Please do something to help the cause. Write your elected officials. Oppose this type of legislation which is simply more regulation that limits our Constitutional Freedom.
Posted September 19, 2002 - 07:26 PM
Posted September 19, 2002 - 08:00 PM
Ask for their "Legislative Affairs Specialist", Royce Woods. You'll probably find him selling the farm on your behalf and single-handedly preventing the total ban of off-road vehicles in the U.S., though you may need a "racing license" to buy one. But, hey, " If you can't get it done on his choice of bikes, you should find a different sport." Thanks for the dues!
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Posted September 19, 2002 - 10:49 PM
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