Your assistance is needed to help save the California OHV Program. Senate Bill 249 has been introduced and is scheduled for its first hearing before the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee on March 14, 2017. This proposed bill would eliminate the OHV program as it now exists.
The immediate need is for people that live within the districts of Members of the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee to send letters asking them to OPPOSE SB-249. A list of those members is provided below.
You can either write and mail a letter, send an email with the below text (about 1670 characters) or leave a posting on the Member’s Facebook Wall.
For a letter:
The members are addressed as Honorable (first name) (last name)
Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee
California State Capitol, Room _____
Sacramento, CA 95814
The heading across from the address will say: SB 249 (Allen) Oppose
Honorable Robert M. Hertzberg, Chair - Room 4038
Honorable Jeff Stone, Vice Chair Room 4062
Honorable Ben Allen Room 5072
Honorable Toni G. Atkins Room 4072
Honorable Ben Hueso Room 4035
Honorable Hannah-Beth Jackson Room 2032
Honorable Bill Monning Room 313
Honorable Henry Stern Room 3070
Honorable Andy Vidak Room 3082
Use the sample letter below....
For an email:
Enter your address, city, and zip code
Your Assembly Member and State Senator will be displayed with a link to their respective websites.
On the website will be a “Contact” link with the ability to send an email to your representative.
Please cut and paste the below information and send an email to your elected representative.
Most Legislators maintain a social media (Facebook) presence.
And, cut and paste the below information and post it to the Facebook Wall of your elected representative.
Letter text is below:
Dear Honorable (Assembly Member or Senator)
SB 249 (Allen) Oppose
I am a constituent of yours and would like to introduce you to the California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Program (OHMVR) Program. It is very important to more than 6 million residents with an estimated $20 billion added to the state economy.
The current OHMVR Program has been in existence since 1971 (Chappi-Z’Berg Act), has been a great success, and hailed as a national model providing for a statewide system of managed OHV recreational opportunities. The Program assures that quality recreational opportunities remain available for future generations by providing education, conservation, and law enforcement efforts that balance OHV recreation impact with programs that conserve and protect cultural and natural resources.
The Program is funded by user license/registration fees and gas tax revenue based on fuel used off-highway for recreation purposes. NO GENERAL FUNDS are appropriated for the OHMVR Program.
I am concerned with the language of SB-249.
The bill would require these fuel taxes to be transferred to the State Parks and Recreation Fund and allocated for the purposes of the department, including support for state parks and the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Program, diluting the quality program that currently exists.
I hope you will be a strong voice for the OHMVR Program and OPPOSE SB-249.
I would be happy to meet with you or a staff member to discuss the OHMVR Program and its future and importance. You may also reach out to our legislative advocate, Terry McHale with Arron Reed and Associates.
I look forward to your response;
(City), (State) (Zip Code)