NEW MEXICO - NMOHVA Legislative Update 4

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February 28, 2013 4:56 PM

NMOHVA Legislative Update 4 - BRC just received an email from the New Mexico Off Highway Vehicle Alliance (NMOHVA), with their latest Legislative Update.  We've pasted NMOHVA's Legislative Update below. Please take a minute to read it over and then pass it along to friends, family and riding buddies. As always, call or email if you have any questions or comments. Ric Foster Public Lands Department Manager BlueRibbon Coalition 208-237-1008 ext 107

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NEW MEXICO - NMOHVA Legislative Update 4

Dear BRC Members and supporters in New Mexico,

BRC just received an email from the New Mexico Off Highway Vehicle Alliance (NMOHVA), with their latest Legislative Update. 

We've pasted NMOHVA's Legislative Update below. Please take a minute to read it over and then pass it along to friends, family and riding buddies.

As always, call or email if you have any questions or comments.

Ric Foster
Public Lands Department Manager
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 107


 

 

New Mexico Off Highway Vehicle Alliance
Legislative Update

 

2013 Session                                                                                                                               Update #4

 

Let' Do It Again!

We made a big impression ten days ago when we asked you to call members of the Senate Corporations and Transportation committee.  Numerous senators took notice of the strong public support for SB472 because of the many phone calls you made.  THANK YOU!
 
Unfortunately, committee politics got in the way of SB472 being heard that day.  SO LET'S DO IT AGAIN!  SB472 (Titled:  Off Highway Vehicle Act Exemptions) is still sitting in the Senate Corporations and Transportation committee.  It hs been re-scheduled to be heard Friday, 2/29.  This is the same bill covered in detail in our last update.  The bill amends the existing New Mexico Off-Highway Vehicle Act to allow counties and municipalities to pass local  ordinances that allow limited use of certain OHV's on streets and roads. 
 
Why Should We Care?
 
Part of NMOHVA's mission is to "creating additional motorized recreation opportunities in the state of New Mexico."  We believe that New Mexico makes it hard for our local communities to support and encourage OHV recreation.  SB472 (as introduced) will allow local communities and counties to determine if allowing very limited use of certain OHV's on roadways is the right thing to do for their particular situation.  This flexibility gives communities the ability to make local decisions to develop and promote OHV tourism and help grow their local economies if they want.  The bill forces no action, it only lets local communities make the right decision for their own needs.
 
What Happens Next?
 
SB472 has to get out of the Senate Corporations and Transportation Committee with a favorable recommendation so that it can move to the Senate Conservation Committee and then finally the Senate floor.  The bill is currently scheduled to be heard by the Corporations and Transportation Committee Friday, Feb. 29th (tomorrow!).  It is very important members of that committee hear that we STILL support SB472 (as introduced) and that we want the bill acted upon NOWPlease call first thing today or very early Friday morning.   
 
How Can WE Help?
 
Call your state Senator and the committee members today.  If you absolutely can't call, send an email but calls are MUCH MORE EFFECTIVE.  If your Senator doesn't sit on the Committee, pick out a few of the Senators that do, and call their office anyway!   We need to make sure that they all know that there is a large group of OHV users in the state and that we support SB472. Here are the Senate Corporations and Transportation Committee members:

 
A staff person will answer the phone in the Senator's office.  It is their job to record the opinions of people who call.  Here are some suggested points to make when we call:
 

  1. You are an OHV user and you support Senate Bill 472 (SB472) as introduced.
  2. SB472 amends the current OHV law to let local governmnts have more "say" in how OV use is managed in their town or county.
  3. Giving local towns and cities the flexibility to allow limited OHV use will support the local tourism industry.

Call today or FIRST THING Friday morning.  SB472 is scheduled as the first agenda item to be heard on Friday at 2:00 pm in Room 311.
 
If you made the call last time, THANK YOU!  BUT PLEASE CALL THEM AGAIN.  We want to make sure they don't "forget" the strong OHV support out here!
 
Let your voice be heard in Santa Fe!
 
- Your NMOHVA Board of Directors

Together, we do more.

Senate Bill 472 would allow local counties and municipalities and counties to allow limited use on roads by cetain OHV's.  Read the entire bill (very short) HERE. 

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NMOHVA is committed to providing Legislative Updates to our members and the interested public. These "real-time" updates will keep you informed of legislation being considered in the New Mexico legislature that would affect OHV use and/or motorized recreation. We will provide contacts, information, and tools to help you let your state representatives and senators know how you feel about the bills.
 
The 2013 NM Legislative session runs 60 days and will end on March 15th.

 

 

 


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