SEMA eNews Vol. 20, No. 38, September 21, 2017

Bipartisan Legislation Passed to Save California’s Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Program

By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

  CA off-highway
California’s State Assembly and Senate passed bipartisan legislation to reauthorize California’s Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) program.
   

Bipartisan legislation has been passed by California’s State Assembly and Senate to reauthorize California’s Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) program. Governor Jerry Brown is expected to sign it into law. California’s OHMVR program was established in 1971, and has been a national model for managing OHV recreation. 

California OHV user taxes and fees fund OHV management and facility maintenance. Funds are directed to local, state and federal agencies, educational institutions and nonprofit entities for management activities on both federal and state lands. The legislation extends the program indefinitely, although the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Commission, which operates the program, will need to be reauthorized in 2023. OHV use contributes an estimated $20 billion to the California economy. 

For more information, contact Stuart Gosswein at stuartg@sema.org.

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