SOURCE: Great Lakes Four Wheel Drive Association reposting for visibility.
It is confirmed, Representative Gary Howell told GLFWDA the bill is dead and will not be headed to the floor any time soon. Instead, he voted it through. House bill 4535 is far from dead and actually was just voted out of committee and could head to the floor for a vote as early as next week.
MAKE THE CALL:
Call your state rep and let them know you oppose this bill. They MUST hear from us or this bill will sail through and into law.
Pass the verbage below to any and everyone you can and pass the word on Facebook or what ever media you use.
CALL TO ACTION:
If you have ever asked what can I do to help keep trails open in Michigan, this is your opportunity. House bill 4535 has slipped out of committee and is headed for a vote on the floor of the house. This bill removes over 1500 miles of roads and routes that we currently have access to. During the months of December and March, when these trails have snow on them, wheeled vehicles will NOT be allowed are subject to $200.00 fines.
To voice you opposition to this....
Your state representative AND contact the office of representative Gary Howell at 517-373-1800. Call and or email nsliwa@house.MI.gov
Contact your state rep. and let them know you oppose House Bill 4535!
WHO IS MY STATE REPRESENTATIVE you ask:
We MUST get our voice heard on this or we stand to loose over 1500 miles and trail. Events such as SNOWBLIND, SNOFARI, JEEP JAMBOREE and many other winter events stand to be cancelled.
READ THE BILL:
Sec. 82163. (1) Subject to subsection (2), during the period 23 from December 1 through March 31 annually, a person shall not 24 operate a motor vehicle other than a snowmobile on a trail if both 25 of the following apply: 26 (a) The trail is part of the statewide trail network 27 established under section 72114 and is designated for snowmobile 28 use. 29 (b) The trail is snow covered, and the snow is groomed for 9 TMV Final Page H01338'21 * 1 snowmobile use. 2 (2) Subsection (1) does not apply under any of the following 3 circumstances: 4 (a) If the motor vehicle is being used for emergency or law 5 enforcement purposes. 6 (b) If the portion of the snowmobile trail on which the motor 7 vehicle is operated is a crossing with a highway or street or a 8 trail where operation of the motor vehicle is otherwise authorized. 9 (c) If and to the extent that the department waives the 10 prohibition for department-sponsored events or other circumstances 11 as determined by the director or the director's designee. 12 (3) A person who violates subsection (1) is responsible for a 13 state civil infraction and may be ordered to pay a civil fine of 14 not more than $200.00. A fine collected under this section shall be 15 deposited in the recreational snowmobile trail improvement 16 subaccount created in section 82110.