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Old May 13th, 2010, 11:19 AM   #1
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Default Michigan ORV Legislation Introduced!

FROM GLFWDA.ORG :
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SUMMARY OF 2010 OHV COMPREHENSIVE LEGISLATION

To review copies of the 2010 OHV Comprehension Legislation, Go to:
www.legislature.mi.gov/ type in bill numbers 6159, 6160, 6161 and 6162 and they will come up. 98 pages total. Bold print identifies new language.
Please be aware, the four OHV Bills were enrolled in the House on Tuesday, May 11th, they are subject to amendments by any member of the House and concurrence of the House Committee of TOURISM, OUTDOOR RECREATION AND NATURAL RESOURCES before a House floor vote.
What is included in this summary is an overview of what is in each Bill. They will affect the sports of OHV activity for several years in the future, if not decades.
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask, if you have any suggestions, please feel free to submit.
Dick Ranney, coordinator of Michigan Motorized Recreation Council, 989 469-2405, e-mail: www: dranney1@charter.net. Please make Subject; 2010 OHV

We expect these bills to be voted on in the House either the first or second week of June.


HOUSE BILL No. 6159

All references to ORV shall now be OHV (Same as Federal)

Defines an enforcement officer and level of certification required

Defines “other road” (We had trouble with this during the Drummond ORV Route designation process)

DNRE Chief Safety instructor shall complete all nationally recognized safety training programs. (INCLUDING UFWDA's 4x4 Awareness course as administered by GLFWDA)

All OHV’s must be registered, fee is $20. for 3 years. All OHV’s will be entered into the LEIN system. $3. will go to SOS for decal, $2. for Safety Education, 4% to administration and the balance to County Sheriffs, city and municipal enforcement agencies, based upon lane miles of roadway open within their jurisdiction for OHV travel. All monies remaining at the end of the “grant cycle”, shall be placed in the Off-highway Vehicle Account.


HOUSE BILL No. 6160

OHV TRAIL PERMIT is not required for operation on private property

OHV TRAIL PERMIT is not required on the frozen surface of a lake, river
or stream, or for the purpose of ice fishing

Cost of TRAIL PERMIT, affective April 1st of 2011, $30.50 with adjustments made to the formula, with 50% going to on the ground efforts, 31.25% to enforcement and 24% of that going to County Sheriffs for trail enforcement efforts. A review every 5 years regarding COL adjustment and raised to the nearest dollar.

Any group of 20, or less than 75 vehicles shall notify the Department they are having an event on the trail system to coordinate with other users groups. There shall be no fee for events of 75 vehicles or less. (This is HUGE! BOTH an increase from 20 to 75 before triggering the need for an expensive Permit, AND conversion from "people" to "VEHICLES"!

To be amended, language requiring the DNRE to publish on their web-site, an annual accounting of receipts and expenditures of OHV funds. (ACCOUNTABILITY!)


HOUSE BILL N0. 6161

There will be a Safety Training Academy for instructors. All new instructors must complete and all current instructors must be re-certified within 3 years. Cost is free to instructors. Program instructors will no longer be limited to enforcement personnel or those associated with a school of learning.

The maximum fee charged to any student for enrolling in the DNRE Safety Education program shall be no greater than $20 for classroom instruction. Parents are encouraged to sit in, free of charge, unless requesting a certificate.

DNRE shall develop a “hands on” OHV Safety Training program within 2 years.


HOUSE BILL N0. 6162
No county or township shall charge a fee for OHV operation on their roadways.

“Roads” include any of those passing through or along Federal Land within a Township, if more than 50% funds used to maintain the road come from state or local sources.

Road closure by counties and townships reduced from 30% to 10%.

5 year sunset on PA 240 rescinded

MDOT may authorize operation of OHV’s on the highway, portion of the
highway and shoulders of the highway. MDOT shall not charge a fee for such.

Headlight and taillight not required for a permitted event

Liability relief for those doing trail maintenance

Fines increased to $250 minimum/$1,000 maximum for not wearing a helmet, lack of adult visual supervision. Including Environmental violations of section 81133, (1) (E), (I), (L), (M) or (N)

All Michigan counties given to option to open their roadways under PA 240.

Not in the bills, but playing a very important role. Prior to establishment of a proposed permit fee, there were 5 Long Range Financial Planning meetings. It was the consensus of that group, $30. Including, Safety Education cost, would enhance the program to the levels desired by the user community.

Once the permit fee is decided by legislature, financial planning can resume.


PLEASE CONTACT THE FOLLOWING REPRESENTATIVES AND ASK THEM TO PASS THESE BILLS!

Members on the House Committee of Tourism, Outdoor Recreation and Natural Resources are:

Representative Joel Sheltrown (C) District 103,(D), West Branch
517 373-3817 joelsheltrown@house.mi.gov
Representative Jim Slezak (VC) District 50 (D) Davison
517 373-3906 jimslezak@house.mi.gov
Representative Kate Ebli District 56 (D) Monroe
517 373-2617 kateebli@house.mi.gov
Representative Mike Huckleberry District 70 (D) Greenville
517 373-0834 mikehuckleberry@house.mi.gov
Representative Steven W. Lindberg District 109 (D) Marquette
517 373-0498 lindberg@housedems.com
Representative Mike Simpson District 65 (D) Jackson
517 373-1775 mikesimpson@house.mi.gov
Representative Woodrow Stanley, District 34 (D) Flint
517 373-8808 woodrowstanley@house.mi.gov
Representative Jim Stamas (M-VC) District 98 (R) Midland
517 373-1791 jimstamas@house.mi.gov
Representative James “Jase” Bolger District 63 (R) Marshall
517 373-1787 jamesbolger@house.mi.gov
Representative Goeff Hansen District 100 (R) Hart
517 373-7317 goeffhansen@house.mi.gov
Representative Kenneth B. Horn District 94 (R) Frankenmuth
517 373-0837 kennethhorn@house.mi.gov
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Old May 13th, 2010, 11:21 AM   #2
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House TNR Committee Members, Staff & other interested parties:

The ownership and use of ORVs is one of the fastest growing segments of outdoor recreation in Michigan. Following passage of PA 240 of 2008 which allows local governments to open local road shoulders to ORVs, ORV use in Michigan grew by 14% in 2009. Of the 43 northern Michigan counties included in PA 240, 39 have adopted ordinances opening some or all of their road shoulders to ORVs. Legislation sponsored by Rep. Espinoza and signed into law last year expanded PA 240 into seven additional Thumb and central Michigan counties.

Over the past year and a half, I have solicited public comment from the Upper Peninsula, northern Lower Michigan and user groups state-wide to determine what adjustments are needed to Public Act 240. The responses provided a number of suggestions for improvements to the law as well as changes needed to trail system funding, safety education and enforcement. Through the winter and spring, I have worked with the Department of Natural Resources and Environment and the Michigan Motorized Recreation Council to develop a series of bills to address these needs. These bills were introduced yesterday as the 2010 OHV Comprehensive Package.

They include:

HB 6159 (Lindberg): Registration
HB 6160 (Sheltrown): Permits
HB 6161 (W. Schmidt): Safety Training
HB 6162 (Caul): PA 240 Changes

A detailed summary of each bill is attached. Highlights of the package include:

Changing the current term "ORV" to "OHV"
Establishing OHV registration and identification similar to snowmobiles
Creating an OHV registration fee to fund local OHV related law enforcement
Changing the current OHV license to a permit similar to snowmobiles
Expanding PA 240 (OHVs on county roads) state-wide & preserving local control
Revising the OHV Safety Training Process
Increasing minimum penalties for certain OHV offenses

Due to the size of the package, the House TNR Committee will consider the bills over a three week period rather than the typical two weeks. We tentatively plan to take testimony on the bills at the May 18 and May 25 committee meetings with votes on a number of amendments and the bills themselves at the June 1 committee meeting. Please be aware that we anticipate each of these committee meetings to be significantly longer than our recent meetings.

As always, please contact me with any questions you may have or amendments you would like to see considered. The House clerks should have the four bills on-line later today. Paper copies are available in my office. Please feel free to forward this e-mail to anyone you believe may be interested in this legislation.

Sincerely,

Joel Sheltrown, Chair
House Tourism, Outdoor Recreation
and Natural Resources Committee


First pubic information is scheduled for 6:00 pm, Friday, May 28th, Days Inn, Grayling. Others are being planned.
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Old May 13th, 2010, 11:36 AM   #3
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so we will need a 30 dollar sticker to run seasonal roads? or is it just marked orv trails.
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Just the OHV Routes and Scramble Areas as an SOS plated vehicle.
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Old May 13th, 2010, 11:42 AM   #6
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alright! good news, lots of promising stuff there. I'm excited already.
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so we will need a 30 dollar sticker to run seasonal roads? or is it just marked orv trails.
who cares! Either way $30 for 3 years is a lot cheaper than $16.50 each year.
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who cares! Either way $30 for 3 years is a lot cheaper than $16.50 each year.

Don't confuse the 3 year Registration fee for non-SOS licensed vehicles with the ANNUAL Trail Permit.

That's 30 bucks a year for use of the trails.
BUT we haven't had an increase since 1996!
During that time, all of our costs have gone up substantially.
We had bean-counters from the CCC, ATV ORC, and GLFWDA review all the numbers. They were the folks who brought us the sobering reality that we NEEDED an increase to stay solvent. In other words, we need the 30 just to keep doing what we've been doing plus take care of the 800 miles of new trails being designated within the system.
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Ok i misunderstood. SO we need the $30 permit and $16.50 trail permit just for non SOS registered vehicles? Or any and all vehicles that are going off road.
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Ok i misunderstood. SO we need the $30 permit and $16.50 trail permit just for non SOS registered vehicles? Or any and all vehicles that are going off road.

The $16.25 Trail Permit is increasing to $30.
The 3 year registration ($20) only applies to non-SOS quads and bikes, not full-sized 4x4s.

If you are a SOS licensed 4x4, you will only need the $30 trail permit (that is $16.25 today).

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so a bike will need a $30 permit and the $20 to ride on orv trails for a year correct? so they found a way for a added registration like a snowmobile has. you need a 3 year registration and a yearly trail permit correct?
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Other way around - $30 annual trail permit, $20 registration fee for 3 years
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A couple of e-mail addresses to update:

Linberg's e-mail address is: stevenlindberg@house.mi.gov

And unfortunately, Rep. Simpson passed away 12-18-2009; the office is still open for District 65, but the position is currently vacant.

"Thank you for taking the time to contact the office of the 65th District of the Michigan House of Representatives. Your thoughts, concerns and questions are very important to us.

Please know that this is an automated message to acknowledge the receipt of your e-mail. However, due to the passing of State Representative Mike Simpson on the evening of Friday, Dec. 18, 2009, we may not be able to respond to your message in the prompt manner you may have become accustomed to.

Please know that the office remains open and staff members are ready and willing to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have. If your matter is time sensitive, please contact the office by calling (888) DIST-065. As always, please do not hesitate to contact us."
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Also, there is only 4 places in MI your SOS licensed vehicle currently needs the $30 OHV annual sticker. Silver Lake Sand Dunes, Bull Gap, Mounds and the St. Helens Motorsport Area.

Unless I missed that somewhere in the new legislation where it has been added to routes.
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Also, there is only 4 places in MI your SOS licensed vehicle currently needs the $30 OHV annual sticker. Silver Lake Sand Dunes, Bull Gap, Mounds and the St. Helens Motorsport Area.

Unless I missed that somewhere in the new legislation where it has been added to routes.
Although I don't understand why, it's my understanding that an ORV sticker is required on the ORV routes on Drummond.
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Although I don't understand why, it's my understanding that an ORV sticker is required on the ORV routes on Drummond.

Yes.

Anywhere that requires 4WD on the system.
Drummond is just the first Route that REALLY uses a lot of 4wd.
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Yes.

Anywhere that requires 4WD on the system.
Drummond is just the first Route that REALLY uses a lot of 4wd.
OK gotcha. First time I understood "why" this particular route needed a sticker.

Nice work on the other stuff Pat.
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Thanks for the info! I will fire off a couple of emails.
If this passes, when will it start - 2011?
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Yes.

Anywhere that requires 4WD on the system.
Drummond is just the first Route that REALLY uses a lot of 4wd.

Since I just did 1/2 of the drummond route last weekend and never used 4wd, I guess I can say I wasted the $16.50
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Since I just did 1/2 of the drummond route last weekend and never used 4wd, I guess I can say I wasted the $16.50
That's cuz you had Ryan's tars.
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