ATV bills get public hearing
MADISON – Two ATV/UTV bills authored by State Rep. Erik Severson (R-Osceola) and State Sen. Joseph Leibham (R-Sheboygan) were given a public hearing Thursday, March 14, before the Senate Committee on Transportation, Public Safety, and Veterans and Military Affairs.
“Wisconsin has a proud and long-standing tradition of outdoor sports,” said Severson. “In order to continue to grow ATV/UTV ridership, we need to allow community members increased participation into the process while also ensuring safety out on the trails.”
Senate Bill 29 creates a formal off-road vehicle council in order to allow ATV and UTV riders more input on matters relating to ATV trails and routes. The council would also make recommendations to the Department of Natural Resources concerning expenditure of the all-terrain vehicle fund. Current law provides this opportunity to snowmobile riders through the Snowmobile Recreational Council.
Senate Bill 32 increases first-time ridership by providing an exemption from the ATV rider certification requirement for individuals trying out ATVs or UTVS at demonstration events. Additionally, this legislation establishes new flexibilities for young adults to ride on land owned by family and friends.
“By gathering input from our in-state ATV/UTV riders, Wisconsin’s trail system will attract people from throughout the Midwest,” said Severson. “Local businesses all over Wisconsin, especially rural areas, depend on tourism in order to survive. It is important that our trail system be the best in the nation.” - from the office of Rep. Severson