Urgent Legislative Alert: Immediate Call For Protection Of Off-Highway Vehicles Program Funds
The SEMA Action Network and other organizations are urging
enthusiasts of off highway vehicles to voice their opposition for
Overview: Legislation (S.B. 249) has been introduced to allow funds collected for California's Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMRV) program to be spent by other agencies on unrelated programs and never reimbursed.
California's Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) program was established in 1971. California OHV user taxes and fees directly fund OHV management and facility maintenance. This self-sustaining program doesn't require general fund taxes.
- The OHMRV program provides funds to
local, state and federal agencies, educational institutions and
nonprofit entities for OHV management on both federal and state
- S.B. 249 would allow OHMRV funds to be
spent on unrelated programs, without any requirement to reimburse
- S.B. 249 would threaten closure of
existing OHV recreation areas and any new or expanded
- S.B. 249 would undermine the OHMRV
program, a dedicated-funding program that has been a worldwide
model of success. OHV use contributes an estimated $20 billion to
the California economy.