[Source: Daniel J. Quigley, Cronkite News Service] — Owners of off-highway vehicles would pay an annual $20-$25 registration fee under a bill that supporters say would help repair damaged landscapes, promote responsible riding, and cut down on dust. It’s the second straight year Rep. Jerry Weiers, R-Glendale, has introduced a bill calling for an off-highway vehicle fee. Last year’s failed by one vote in the Senate.
Weiers said this session’s version, HB 2573, stands a better chance because it has bipartisan support and the backing of groups representing riders, conservationists, vehicle dealers, and others. It has nearly 40 sponsors and co-sponsors from both parties. “Every year we wait damage is being done that’s going to take centuries to repair,” Weiers said. “And we can’t afford, cannot afford, to keep putting this off.” [Note: To read the full article, click here.]