The state Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Senator Pat Stefano (R-32) that would ensure that funds received through the registration, certification and enforcement of all-terrain vehicles in Pennsylvania are used specifically to support ATV activities.
Stefano said he introduced Senate Bill 648 to require that monies generated through ATV-related operations are placed in a restricted account to be used for a variety of purposes including the construction and maintenance of ATV trails and acquisition of equipment, supplies and interests in land.
He said the bill is needed because the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) currently does not separate expenditures related to ATV and snowmobile operations. As a result, these funds are being disproportionately allocated between user groups.
“Although ATV operations contribute $1.4 million of the $1.6 million in the current fund, 80 percent of the total funding is allocated to expansion of snowmobile trails,” Stefano said. “My legislation will provide more equitable distribution of funds, ensure that ATV activities are more fairly funded, and provide a more detailed accounting of these dollars.”
Stefano’s legislation would also change the composition of the Snowmobile and ATV Advisory Board by removing two current members and replacing them with a representative from DCED and from the Pennsylvania Economic Development Association.
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