For months, a coalition of off-highway vehicle recreation associations (Coalition) representing off-road recreation enthusiasts throughout the state of California, have worked on legislation to provide reauthorization of the highly successful Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation program that is administered by the Department of Parks and Recreation.
The State Assembly recently passed amended legislation that provides permanent status for the program. The State Senate concurred and the legislation was submitted to the Governor for signature. On October 3, 2017, the Governor signed legislation making the OHMVR program permanent.
As the dust settles over the State Senate vote on SB 249, a few things are becoming clear. First, that the bill passed with basic minimum votes (3 - NO and 3 - Abstain from the Democrats) indicates this a noted issue and some elected representatives listened to their constituents. This is the OHMVR program praised by former Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell as 'world class'. The same program praised by Department of Parks Director Lisa Mangat as 'world class'.
On behalf of other OHV reps engaged in fight for the renewal of the program, thank-you for your contributions, calls and letters to your elected representatives. They made a difference.