SACRAMENTO – A bill by Assemblyman Brian Jones (R-Santee) to stop the state from taking money from off-highway vehicles (OHV) passed unanimously out of the Assembly Transportation Committee on Monday.
“California’s OHV program allows people to go off-road and into nature so that they can enjoy the beauty of our state,” Jones said. “OHV users pay fees to participate in this program, and it is wrong for the state to spend their money on completely unrelated projects.”
In 2011, the Legislature passed a law to divert $10 million paid by OHV users from the Off-Highway Vehicle Trust Fund to the General Fund. As a result, the OHV program has faced financial difficulties. The Legislative Analyst predicts that the state will have an $11.5 billion surplus in the 2016–17 fiscal years, which means it is no longer necessary to use OHV funds to backfill the General Fund. Assembly Bill 2175 will eliminate the diversion to the General Fund, and restore funding for OHV recreation.
“I am glad that the Assembly Transportation Committee agreed that OHV users deserve to benefit from the fees they are paying,” Jones said. “This is common sense legislation that will help Californians enjoy OHV recreation for years to come.”
AB 2175 is now headed to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.