Action Alert: Help Stop Illegal Off Highway Vehicles
UPDATE: Senate Bill 2257, an Act Relative to Off Highway Vehicles, is scheduled for a vote in the House this Wednesday. The House will discuss the bill in caucus late Tuesday morning.
If you haven't talked to your Representative, now is the time!
Illegal riding of off highway vehicles - ATV's, dirt bikes, and snowmobiles - on conservation lands, causes tremendous damage to wetlands, wildlife and endangered species. In January, the Massachusetts Senate passed a critical bill that will give enforcement officers the tools they need to stop illegal and destructive riding on public and private lands.
Senate Bill 2257, An Act Relative to Off Highway Vehicles, is now before the House Committee on Ways & Means. The bill will:
- Provide funding for the development of public trails in the right places and will also fund enforcement - 25% of the fines collected from OHV violations will be split between the applicable law enforcement entities involved in the issuance of the fines.
- Simplify the registration process and require registration for most OHVs with revenues directed to increasing enforcement capabilities, rider safety education, and the development, maintenance and restoration of OHV trails.
- Establish an OHV Advisory Group similar to those in other states which will strengthen communication among riders, land managers, conservation organizations, enforcement agencies and other stakeholders.
We need your help to get the bill out of committee and to the House floor for a vote! Please call your State Representative as soon as possible. The bill may come up for a vote as soon as next week.
Ask your State Representative to speak to House Ways & Means Chairman Charles Murphy and House Speaker Robert DeLeo in support of Senate Bill 2257, An Act Relative to Off Highway Vehicles.
If you do not know your State Representative's name, enter your address at http://www.wheredoivotema.com/bal/myelectioninfo.php and scroll down to "Rep in General Court."
If you know your Representative's name, you can just call the House switchboard and be put through: 617-722-2000. Email addresses can be found here http://www.mass.gov/legis/memmenuh.htm.
For more information, read the letter sent to the House by ELM and eight other major conservation groups.