Legislation (Senate Bills 159 and 249) has been passed by California’s State Assembly and Senate to permanently reauthorize California’s Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) program. The fate of the bills are now up to California Gov. Jerry Brown, who can sign or veto the bills.
The 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 OHMVR program provides funds to local, state and federal agencies, educational institutions and nonprofit entities for OHV management on both federal and state lands, according to the SEMA Action Network. OHV use contributes an estimated $20 billion to the California economy and provides high-quality sustainable recreation to nearly 6 million OHV enthusiasts.
S.B. 159 and S.B. 249 will reauthorize the OHMVR program indefinitely.