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Unread 10-04-2012, 01:06 PM   #1
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For Immediate Release:
Michigan Motorized Recreation Council

With this session of Michigan winding down, time is of the essence on House Bills 5612-5613-5614 and 5615.

Please send Representative Frank Foster (R) District 107, Chair of Natural Resources, Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee an e-mail frankfoster@house.mi.gov requesting that a hearing be scheduled post haste
on the above mentioned bills.

Highlights of each bill is as follows;

5612: The openings of some M-roads to ORV travel to access gas, food, lodging and area tourist attractions.
5613: The waiving of DNR event fee’s for those events having 75 or fewer machines entered.
5614: To enable a County Sheriff to hire an ORV officer with minimal certification.
5615: To offer greater liability protection to grant sponsors maintaining Michigan’s ORV trails.

Please send your e-mail upon receipt of this message.

Sincerely;
Dick Ranney
Coordinator, MMRC

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Unread 10-04-2012, 02:40 PM   #2
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Am I reading these correctly? HB 5614 diverts some money to an "off-road vehicle" account that was reserved previously elsewhere? What would this money pay for?

(The CAPITAL LETTERED WORDS are the revisions, I believe.)

Sec. 71108. (1) The state treasurer s 1 hall annually review and
2 make recommendations to the legislature on the distributions of the
3 recreation improvement account, including recreational projects and
4 geographic locations.
5 (2) Money in the recreation improvement account shall be
6 distributed as follows:
7 (a) Eighty SEVENTY percent of the money shall be annually
transferred 1 to the waterways account.
2 (b) Fourteen percent of the money shall be annually
3 transferred to the snowmobile account.
4 (C) TEN PERCENT OF THE MONEY SHALL BE ANNUALLY TRANSFERRED TO
5 THE OFF-ROAD VEHICLE ACCOUNT.


HB 5615: Minimum $50 fine for not wearing a helmet, but does except farm use.

5 (2) A PERSON WHO OPERATES AN ORV WITHOUT WEARING ON HIS OR HER
6 HEAD A CRASH HELMET IN VIOLATION OF SECTION 81133(1)(B) IS
7 RESPONSIBLE FOR A STATE CIVIL INFRACTION AND SHALL BE FINED NOT
8 LESS THAN $50.00 OR MORE THAN $500.00 FOR EACH VIOLATION. THIS
9 SUBSECTION DOES NOT APPLY TO A PERSON WHILE OPERATING THE ORV AS A
10 FARM VEHICLE OR FOR PROPERTY MAINTENANCE, INCLUDING SNOW PLOWING.
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Unread 10-04-2012, 03:14 PM   #3
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Regarding the helmets, I will tell you that the farm lobby is a strong one.

As for 5614, below is the exceprt from our legislative guy:

HB 5614:
  • Proposes that 10% of the annual generation of monies of the Recreational Improvement Fund (RIF) be directly deposited in the DNR Off-Road vehicle account.
  • Taken directly from snowmobile statue, a proposal allowing a County Sheriff to hire an ORV officer with basic certification.
  • A proposal to insert an AG opinion defining “Other Route”.
  • Language cleanup by the bill drafter.
The 10% RIF is a pickup - the bill attempts to reduce the net amount each year that needs to be charged to each individual ORV permit owner by bringing money into the ORV from sources not previously available. My understanding is the RIF is derrived from a portion of the state gasoline taxes. Please note that the third line item would be a great improvement - it would adapt an opinion letter from the MI Attorney General several years back and codify it in the law, broadening the definition of a state forest road.
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