California Bill to Undermine Off-Highway Vehicles Program Approved by Second Senate Committee



DON’T DELAY!  Please voice your Opposition to S.B. 249 immediately to California Senate Appropriations Committee Members by emailing now:

You may use the following points in your message:


  • 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. 
  • S.B. 249 would allow OHMVR funds to be spent on unrelated programs, without any requirement to reimburse the funds.  
  • S.B. 249 would threaten closure of existing OHV recreation areas and any new or expanded areas.
  • S.B. 249 would undermine the OHMVR program, a dedicated-funding program that has been a worldwide model of success.  OHV use contributes an estimated $20 billion to the California economy. 

Overview: Legislation (S.B. 249) to allow funds collected for California’s Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) program to be spent by other agencies on unrelated programs and never reimbursed was approved by the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee.  It has already been approved by the Natural Resources and Water Committee and will now be sent to the Appropriations Committee for consideration.