Senator Fuller Opposes Changes to OHV Program

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Today, Senator Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) voted against changes to the Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) program contained in Senate Bill 249 (Allen) that could lead to the end of the OHV program entirely.

“As an avid OHV enthusiast, and a representative of a large portion of the folks who utilize these OHV parks, I cannot stand by and allow this systematic undoing of a program that is a benefit to our state,” said Fuller.  “I will continue to work hard to ensure OHV funds are used for OHV parks and that this program continues to provide recreational opportunities for all Californians.”

In part SB 249 does the following:

  • Eliminates language in the original act that ensures that state vehicular recreation areas shall be established on lands where there are quality recreational opportunities for off-highway motor vehicles.

  • Despite promises to amend the bill in the future, SB 249 still eliminates the "green sticker" fees that were a center piece of the OHV program and provided funding for management of State Vehicle Recreation Areas (SVRA) and the acquisition of new SVRA parks.

  • Eliminates the provision that forces the state to repay any money taken from the OHV trust fund for General Fund use within two years.