IMPORTANT UPDATE ON EFFORT TO MOVE A PORTION OF THE OHV/SNOWMOBILE REGISTRATION TO IDT Attention Idaho OHV enthusiasts! Last time BRC updated you on the proposed transfer of part of the OHV/Snowmobile registration program to Idaho's Department of Transportation (ITD) it was to tell you about the victory in defeating the proposal. See that update here. Sadly, the effort to have IDT process your permit and distribute the stickers is still alive. This is a major problem simply because it is likely to add a whopping $250,000 annually to administer the Idaho OHV and Snowmobile registrat
IMPORTANT UPDATE ON EFFORT TO MOVE A PORTION OF THE OHV/SNOWMOBILE REGISTRATION TO IDT
Attention Idaho OHV enthusiasts!
Last time BRC updated you on the proposed transfer of part of the OHV/Snowmobile registration program to Idaho's Department of Transportation (ITD) it was to tell you about the victory in defeating the proposal. See that update here.
Sadly, the effort to have IDT process your permit and distribute the stickers is still alive. This is a major problem simply because it is likely to add a whopping $250,000 annually to administer the Idaho OHV and Snowmobile registration program. This money comes directly out of your Idaho OHV and Snowmobile registration fee and will no longer be used in support of trail maintenance, education and associated infrastructure.
IDPR continues to be committed to making the transfer happen this year. Sandra Mitchell with Idaho Recreation Council and Idaho State Snowmobile Association just sent us a very important action alert regarding that plan to put the OHV registration process into the hands of the IDT. Although the reasons to oppose such a move vary, including the cost and concerns regarding sharing information with IDT, we agree with Sandra's bottom-line assessment:
Simply put, all we ever wanted to do was collect money, pool it, and put it on the ground to build the infrastructures needed for our sport. We also believe that the registration program should be managed by people with a vested interest in making it successful.
ISSA, IRC and the Idaho State ATV Association have legislation (H 279) that keeps the OHV/Snowmobile registration program with the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation. H 279 also makes it clear that the IDPR is not required to share information with the IDT.
H 279 needs your support. We've pasted Sandra's alert and we encourage you to take action today. Sandra also sent a copy of the legislation as well as an interesting record of ITD's history with your OHV/Snowmobile registration dollars. LINKS TO SANDRA'S ATTACHMENTS HERE
Idaho OHV Registration History http://www.sharetrails.org/uploads/RegistrationHistory_3-13.pdf
Idaho House Bill 279 http://www.sharetrails.org/uploads/H.279_3-13.pdf
Please also pass along this alert to your friends and family,
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IMPORTANT IDAHO ACTION ALERT:
Last week the bill IDPR sponsored to move registrations to ITD was held in committee. We thought the issue was done for the year but not so. IDPR continues to be committed to making the transfer happen this year. After having heard repeatedly that "IDPR has to do it" and "they don't want to" we decided that the only way to resolve this issue was to clarify the statutes to say that IDPR 'may' but doesn't have to. (legislation attached) That gives IDPR the option but does not require them to share information with ITD. We have never believed that titling and registrations are connected; furthermore, we do not believe that it was the intent of recreationists to connect them when registrations were created. Simply put, all we ever wanted to do was collect money, pool it, and put it on the ground to build the infrastructures needed for our sport. We also believe that the registration program should be managed by people with a vested interest in making it successful.
Although we continue to talk with the leadership of IDPR, we believe it critical that our legislation move forward. Time is running out on the 2013 Legislative Session. If a compromise is reached, we can pull the bill.
We need your help!!! And we need it in a couple of ways:
1. Please contact any legislator below that you know or that is your representative and give them this simple message (please feel to write in your own words)
"PLEASE SUPPORT H 279. I RIDE A ___________ AND I BELIEVE THIS IS THE BEST WAY TO PROTECT THE REGISTRATION PROGRAM THAT CURRENTLY WORKS WELL, IS EFFICIENT, ECONOMICAL AND IS ACCESSIBLE TO THE PUBLIC. THE REGISTRATION PROGRAM SHOULD REMAIN HOUSED IN IDPR. THIS LEGISLATION MAKES IT CLEAR THEY DO NOT HAVE TO SHARE INFORMATION WITH ITD BUT THEY MAY. PLEASE VOTE FOR H 279."
(If you are a vendor/dealer, please identify yourself as one, "I am a vendor or dealer and I believe......")
2. The hearing for H 279 is tomorrow, Thursday afternoon, in the House Transportation and Defense Committee at 1:30 p.m. We need people to attend and people to testify. It is absolutely critical that the committee knows this issue is important to the recreationists. Plus it will be FUN!
Representative Joe Palmer District 20 House Seat A (Meridian) firstname.lastname@example.org
Representative Paul Shepherd District 7 email@example.com
Bonner, Clearwater, Idaho & Shoshone Counties
Representative JoAn Wood District 35 firstname.lastname@example.org
Butte, Clark, Fremont & Jefferson Counties
Representative Rick Youngblood District 12 (Canyon County) email@example.com
Representative Mark Patterson District 15 (Boise) firstname.lastname@example.org
Representative Rich Wills District 23 email@example.com
Elmore, Owyhee & Twin Falls Counties
Representative Clark Kauffman District 25 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jerome and Twin Falls Counties
Representative Kelley Packer District 28 email@example.com
Bannock and Power Counties
Representative Marc Gibbs District 32 firstname.lastname@example.org
Bear Lake, Bonneville, Caribou, Franklin, Oneida and Teton Counties
Representative Linden Bateman District 33 (Idaho Falls) email@example.com
Representative Frank Henderson District 3 (Kootenai County) firstname.lastname@example.org
Representative Shirley Ringo District 5 email@example.com
Benewah and Latah Counties
Representative Lawerence Denney District 9 firstname.lastname@example.org
Adams, Canyon, Payette, Washington Counties
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you and remember, we need you!
Interestingly, the registration program was originally housed in ITD. The history of the registration program is attached also. I think you will find it extremely telling!
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