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Off-highway use modifications

Published (3/18/2010)
By Sue Hegarty
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The regulated use of off-highway vehicles would be modified to incorporate non-resident teens and a restricted season would be added, under a bill approved March 16 by the House Environment Policy and Oversight Committee.

Sponsored by Rep. Tom Hackbarth (R-Cedar), HF3190 would limit vehicle use in state forest areas during the firearms deer hunting season.

The bill also would allow a non-resident age 16 or younger to ride an off-highway motorcycle on public land if the youth can show evidence of completing a safety course offered by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. Current allowances are limited to residents. A similar provision was added for all-terrain vehicle use. Additional regulations that apply to residents would also apply to nonresidents.

The bill was sent to the House Finance Committee. Sen. Tom Saxhaug (DFL-Grand Rapids) sponsors SF2821, a companion that was scheduled to be heard March 18 by the Senate Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Budget Division.

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