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Legislative UPDATE SB0857/HB0866

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Committee hearings are coming up at the end of the month, with the Senate committee hearing on 2/28 and the House committee hearing 2/29. It is important you voice support for these companions Bills by either signing up to testify for the Bill, or by submitting testimony in the form of a submitted letter.

Signing up and formal submission occurs in a limited window in advance, so it is important you create your MYGMA account. In order to testify or submit a letter, you must sign up between 8am and 6pm Tuesday 2/27/24 for the Senate, and between 8am to 6pm on TUESDAY 2/27/24 for the House. Both sign ups are on the same day, but must be signed up independently.

You can find your elected leaders here

Here is a sample of support

My name is ________, I am a long time Off-Road Vehicle enthusiast and I support SB0857/HB0866. This Bill does several beneficial things for the public. First is accountability, the creation of an oversight board with stakeholders and publishing annual expense reports will help make sure end users can regularly provide input for the types of access they want to see, and be assured the funds are going there. The second comes from the increase in funding. Sustainable trail development and maintenance can be expensive, and this will help ensure both can be done. Last but not least is the expanded uses. This would allow ORV to be the only user group self funding their own access. Funds will go to general park maintenance, camping development, as well as rider awareness and safety classes. Ensuring riders are aware of the public places for recreation, and they know how to do so safely and sustainably.

Thank you,