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Old April 17th, 2008, 08:32 PM   #17
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Default Sorry, been busy with preparations for the TT Clean Up and the GLFWDA Quarterly:

THE HEARING




April 17, 2008
Michigan Motorized Recreation Council
For Immediate Release:

Yesterdays Senate HB 4323 hearing is now history, with hundreds of ORV userís and community leaders attending, creating a standing room only crowd of supporters for the bill.

Hearing time was limited to one hour and a half, those directly involved felt the message given by speakers representing userís, user groups, Chairmen of County Commissions and enforcement people, was very well stated.

It was a bit disappointing to have some of the user groups most valued speakers not invited to the speakers table, but our message was delivered adequate enough to take discussions to the next level, even with a shortened hearing because of the necessity to set up technical equipment for the next hearing that day.

Many questions were posed by the Senators of various speakers and proper answers given.

Opposition was stated by DEQ, DNR, MSP, MDOT along with CRAM, (County Road Association of Michigan) and the insurance industry.

MMRC member organizations gathered considerable information from across the nation and included it within a packet for the Senators to review and study for the possibility the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs voting the bill out of committee as early as April 30th.

Michiganís Secretary of Stateís office most current ORV data shows over 358,000 titled Off Road Recreational (ORVís) vehicles. Then add the SOS
plated trucks and the SOS plated motorcycles. Vehicles within those two groups may display an ORV Trail Permit, making them classified an ORV, it is reasonable to assume, there are 400,000 ORVís operating in Michigan.

A group of that magnitude certainly will have an economic impact of significance to our states economy and a need to have proper management programs in place such as HB 4323. Other projects in the planning process are improvements to our safety training program, revisions of ORV law which has not been updated since 1995 and Long Range financial planning for one of Michiganís gems, the ORV Trail system.

Our Thanks to all who have taken the time to become involved in the political process of our democracy, by sending a letter, an e-mail, making a phone call to a legislator attending the hearing, or participating in your area. Every single effort counts and your voice is being heard!

Now to proceed and see what we can do to address all the legal aspects and reach some sort of compromise so that we can further manage the sport of ORV activity in the interest of safety, environmental protection, increased recreational opportunity and economic benefit for the people and to the benefit of our great state of Michigan.


Dick Ranney
Coordinator, Michigan Motorized Recreation Council
Phone: 989 469-2405
E-mail: dranney1@charter.net

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