Off–Highway Recreational Vehicle Trail Fund Legislation Passed!

On 15 May 2018, Governor Hogan signed Senate Bill 606 which was introduced by Senator Edwards at the request of the Maryland Motorcycle Dealers Association (MMDA) and the Maryland Off-Highway Vehicle Alliance (MDOHVA). It creates, within DNR, an Off–Highway Recreational Vehicle Trail Fund and transfers roughly $750,000 per year from the Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) to the trail fund. Further, it fences those funds so that they can only be used for ORV trails! Those funds come from the Title Tax we all pay when any ATV, SxS, dirt bike, etc are purchased within Maryland. The MMDA has been working for over a decade to get that money transferred to DNR where it belongs. Until now, those funds were used to maintain highways!  The MDOHVA is proud to have been able to assist in this.

This is HUGE! A common problem in getting trails built on public lands is the lack of funds to build and maintain them. With this legislation, the funding issue has disappeared. This was a great day for all ORV enthusiasts.

Sunday Hunting Legislation

Sunday hunting is a controversial issue amongst our group.  Many riders are also ardent hunters.  However many of us aren’t and wish to be able to ride on weekends during hunting season.  This approach seems a fair solution.  You need to decide on your own.  Either way, please let you elected leaders know your position.  If you need help determining your representatives, go to http://mdelect.net/

Senator Joan Carter Conway  sponsored, wrote and submitted the Sunday hunting compromise bill. The bill can be read under Documents.

http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmMain.aspx?id=sb1061&stab=01&pid=billpage&tab=subject3&ys=2016RS

Ken Kyler
President, MD OHV Alliance