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The WOHVA newsletter for February has been sent out...if you didn't get it, click on the link to see what you are missing!

WOHVA FEB Newsletter

Greetings from WOHVA!

The New Year is upon us and we hope everyone had a safe & happy holiday. At our Annual Membership meeting last November we heard loud and clear that our membership wants to hear more from us. We really appreciate those that attended and are acting on their feedback ... your participation is critical. Here's our first venture down the communication trail - please let us know how this works for you!

WOHVA in 2012

Looking forward to 2012 we'll continue to be very active in Olympia starting with Discover Pass improvements, land owner liability reform, street-legality regulations, and NOVA funds protection. Then there are several USFS forests in our state updating plans along with the DNR work at Reiter, Tahuya/Green Mountain, the Snoqualmie Corridor, and four additional locations. And finally we're also working to make our own shop as effective as possible ... starting with a new website, improvements in the Where To Ride website, and membership communications like this. As many of you already know, we're a 100% volunteer effort. It's not our long-term plan, but it IS our current reality. So please consider pitching in. Your volunteer contributions in time and funding help get the work done.

Olympia

A new year means another legislative session. Your WOHVA volunteers have been hard at work protecting your right to ride. We are constantly monitoring what is happening in Olympia and looking for opportunities to enhance & expand motorized recreation in Washington State.

Some things to watch out for this year:

NOVA Funds – With this being another budget crisis year again, our NOVA funds are at risk again. If the Legislature does attempt to steal our money again it will be hidden deep in one of the budget bills and is likely not to be added until the last minute. They do that on purpose to make the move more difficult to fight, but we are watching closely.

Discover Pass – So far 15 bills to modify the pass have been introduced, but at this time only two moved out of committee before their cutoff date. SB5977 and HB2373 are still in play. The key feature of both of these bills is two vehicle transferability, but they will likely continue to change by amendment up until one of them is passed into law.

SB5366 – introduced last year and reintroduced in January 2012. It would allow limited ORV use on certain roads. Last year it was amended into an anti-ORV bill and we had to have it killed. This year the same thing happened, but we were able to get the anti-ORV criminal penalties removed by amendment before it was passed by the Senate. It has now been assigned to the House Transportation Committee. This bill still has flaws that concern us and we will be working to fix those. This will be challenging since the House Transportation Committee has some members that are less than ORV friendly.

SB6080 (Landowner liability protection) - This bill would have helped protect landowners from getting sued if someone gets hurt on a hazard caused by road building or timber harvesting. While it wouldn't have caused gates to fly open, it is one piece of the puzzle leading to getting more access to private lands. This bill was written by WOHVA Political Action Committee staff and introduced at our request by Senator Haugen. Click HERE (15 min) to view the video of Tod Petersen's testimony in Olympia. Unfortunately the Washington Association for Justice strongly opposed the bill and they kept it blocked from even getting a committee vote. The Washington Association for Justice represents the trial lawyers and this was a reminder of just how powerful they are in Olympia.

SB5845 – Another bill from last year that was reintroduced this year. Along with opening up certain roads, it would address many ORV issues including correcting the gas tax allocation formula. This bill was not allowed a hearing this year and will continue to be an issue to work next year.

Lawsuit Update

In early February, the Washington State Supreme Court has selected to hear our case against the State of Washington concerning the misappropriation of our Nonhighway and Offroad Activities (NOVA) Program fund in 2009. Although it will probably be a year before oral arguments are heard, there is already much work to do. Supreme Court cases are expensive adventures and WOHVA can definitely put donations to good use.

DOL Update

Last month (January) the Washington State Department of Licensing began sending out letters notifying some motorcycle owners that their registration was immediately revoked. The intention of the DOL was to target offroad motorcycles that in their eyes had been wrongly licensed in the past. While we strongly disagree with their policy, it is within their legal powers to do this. Where the DOL went doubly wrong was when they hired an outside consultant to create a list of what they thought were offroad motorcycles. The result was a list that included many factory dual sport street legal motorcycles. WOHVA joined forces with the Northwest Motorcycle Association (NMA), the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC), and others in an effort to get this action by the DOL reversed. To that end, we succeeded and letters are being sent out to owners of motorcycles that had their registrations wrongly revoked notifying them that their registration has been restored. More information can be found on the DOL blog.

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WOHVA IS ON FACEBOOK - Please visit & "like" our new WOHVA facebook page and encourage all of your PRO OHV friends to do the same.

WOHVA AT YOUR GROUP – Interested in having a WOHVA representative attend one of your club or business meetings? Or maybe you have a ride or event coming up? Send an e-mail to info@WOHVA.org Please include date, location, and a point of contact!

MAILING LIST – To get on our mailing list, join WOHVA at www.WOHVA.org or join a WOHVA member club or organization.

WHERE TO RIDE – Looking for new places to ride in Washington State? Check out our WOHVA Where To Ride website for the latest info on areas, roads, trails, or MX Parks near you!

Got CLOUT? – Email clout@getclout.org for more information on how to have a direct impact on events in Olympia.

WOHVA IS YOU – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – See something here that interests you? Did we strike a resonant chord? WOHVA is 100% volunteer and your efforts make a big difference. Please send an e-mail to info@WOHVA.org to let us know how you’d like to help.

Thank you,

YOUR WOHVA BOARD

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SB5366 update!!!!

Your quick response to WOHVA and CLOUT alerts has made a difference & Olympia has heard your voice!

Yesterday, the members of the Legislature reached out to WOHVA to find a way to save SB5366. A meeting was held today in Olympia and significant changes to SB5366 were discussed.

If those PRO-OHV changes are ALL incorporated, then SB5366 may become a bill worthy of support by the entire OHV community. If not, it is still an anti-OHV bill that needs to be put down. We expect to find out more tomorrow, when the amendment language is provided to us.

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On FRI 02/24, the House Transportation Committee passed 5366 with the Shea striker amendment...click on the following links to watch video of the committee hearing:

00:40:40 - 00:52:45

02:00:05 - 02:31:20

02:54:45 - 03:03:19

Click
for a complete 5366 bill info/history

WOHVA still has a few concerns that need to be addressed.

Edited by 4x4 dirk

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WOHVA is interested in how you feel about SB5366 as it is currently written!

  • Support
  • Oppose
  • Not Sure

Please visit the WOHVA facebook page & vote in our poll.

Details on SB5366 can be found HERE.

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If you oppose 5366 as currently written, then do this now...not tomorrow...asap!

You have done a great job the last couple of days with your messages to STOP SB5366. This bill is attempting to get something for one group of OHV users at the expense of other OHV users, an action that WOHVA cannot support as it is NOT good for ALL OHV users.

Your Legislators are taking a break as this alert is going out and will be watching their email closely until they reconvene on the Floor later this evening. Please contact them once more DURING THIS BREAK and send them the simple message below. It is vital that you make your voice heard on this important issue WITHIN MINUTES OF RECEIVING THIS ALERT!

Do NOT use regular Internet email as that is very unlikely to get to your legislator in time. Use this link:

http://apps.leg.wa.g...er/Default.aspx

Enter your voting address into the form on that site and be sure the Legislative Box is checked. A map with your personal legislators will appear on the screen. Please click on one of your Representatives. Next CLICK on the green colored "E-mail" hot link right below your legislator's phone numbers on the web page. {DO} check the box sending this to ALL of your personal legislators. Enter the 4 digit Bill # {5366} in the box provided on the linked site and check the {AGAINST} box. Enter {Against 2SSB5366} in the Message Subject box just above where you enter your detailed message

SIMPLE MESSAGE TO SEND NOW! (You can just copy and paste it into the form on the hot linked site)

Please take a look at the Pro and Con facts about what this piece of legislation does and does not do, by reading the quick summary using this link:

http://www.wohva.org...odule_id=111263

I also understand that amendments not yet published for review are waiting in the wings to be brought up on the Floor. IN SHORT - I do NOT want this Bill passed “in order to find out what is in it” and I certainly hope you don't want to pass something in order to find out what is in it.

Please vote AGAINST 2SSB5366.

Edited by 4x4 dirk

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This bill started out as a way to allow ATV's on roads, but after several amendments were introduced...it now affects ALL OHV users!

Be sure to read the details on WOHVA.org

WOHVA 5366 White Paper

Edited by 4x4 dirk

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Your legislators have HEARD YOU loud and clear and have CHANGED 5366 as a result.

5366-S2.E AMH SHEA H4588.1 that was released a few minutes ago has enough changes that WOHVA is withdrawing opposition to this Bill.

Changes include:

  • Removes the "closed unless posted open" language
  • Law enforcement will now have the flexibility to issue a citation...no longer required (sec 16)
  • Users under 16 years of age will no longer be required to stay within 300 feet of a licensed adult on primitive roads (trails)
  • The definition of "four wheeled vehicle" was further defined...not a motorcycle and now includes both ATV & UTV's (per Idaho definition)
  • ATV & UTV are exempt from the Discover Pass
  • The required "license plate" will be a small metal tag

It is AGAIN vital that you make your voice heard on this important issue WITHIN MINUTES OF RECEIVING THIS ALERT!

Do NOT use regular Internet email as that is very unlikely to get to your legislator in time.

Using this link:

http://apps.leg.wa.g...er/Default.aspx

Enter your voting address into the form on that site and be sure the Legislative Box is Checked.

A map with your personal legislators will appear on the screen. Please click on one of your Representatives.

Next CLICK on the green colored "E-mail" hot link right below your legislator's phone numbers on the web page..

{DO} check the box sending this to ALL of your personal legislators.

Enter the 4 digit Bill # {5366} in the box provided on the linked site and leave the {FOR/AGAINST} box EMPTY.

Enter {Not Opposing 5366-S2.E AMH SHEA H4588.1} in the Message Subject: box just above where you enter your detailed message

SIMPLE MESSAGE TO SEND NOW! {You can just copy and paste it into the form on the hot linked site:}

WOHVA and I are NOT opposing 5366-S2.E AMH SHEA H4588.1 as released for review today.

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ATV & UTV are exempt from the Discover Pass

The required "license plate" will be a small metal tag

The "small metal tag" will be at least as big as a motorcycle license plate and will only be required on ATV & UTV

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The latest update on SB5366...

Thank you so much for your quick responses to the prior CLOUT Alerts! It was very important that all legislators were kept informed as things changed in Olympia over the past couple of days.

Many of you have asked to be informed of exactly what has changed since the 2/27/12 WOHVA White Paper was published.

Please Note SB 5366 has NOT YET BEEN AMENDED so the 2/27/12 WOHVA White Paper still reflects the Bill language now in existence as passed out of the House Transportation Committee.

We do hope that ALL ATV and Side-by-Side USERS REALIZE this bill will impact them WHETHER OR NOT THEY WANT TO USE ROADS as it requires all recreational ATVs to be registered and to purchase a license plate for $30/yr plus all the usual local and other fees added to license plates in addition to their $18/yr ORV Stickers, unless they are going to use their ATV only on private land. WOHVA is not objecting to this as the WOHVA representatives from the ATV community are currently supporting these additional fees for ATV and Side-by-Side users. You can make your preferences known to WOHVA by using the Contact Us feature on the www.wohva.org website.

The primary thing changing is removal of the state wide Closed Unless Designated Open law that will change IF 5366 E 2S SB AMH TR H4368.6 is heard and adopted.

Please remember that an Amendment 5366 E 2S SB AMH TR H4368.6 has been written but NOT YET HEARD OR ADOPTED. WOHVA has conditionally withdrawn opposition to SB 5366 IF it is amended to 5366 E 2S SB AMH TR H4368.6 and therefore still opposes the existing language passed by the House Transportation Committee.

That is why the suggested message to legislators in the most recent CLOUT Alert was "WOHVA and I are NOT opposing 5366-S2.E AMH SHEA H4588.1 as released for review today."

That message informed your legislators that WOHVA opposes the language currently in SB 5366 but WOHVA will withdraw opposition if 5366-S2.E AMH SHEA H4588.1 (now 5366 E 2S SB AMH TR H4368.6 due to some additional edits) is adopted.

NOTE - Under the bill passed by the House Transportation Committee, the legislature’s own website interprets and confirms that WOHVA was correctly interpreting Section 16. "Section 16 adds a new section to chapter 46.09 RCW which provides that a person may not operate a non-highway vehicle on public lands unless the area is designated as open for such use. A violation is a traffic infraction." i.e. it would implement a state-wide CLOSED Unless specifically Designated Open Policy.

With Amendment 5366 E 2S SB AMH TR H4368.6 the legislative staff's interpretation has changed to "Limits operation of non-highway vehicles on public lands to operation consistent with local land management requirements and to roads, trails, and designated areas."

WORDS DO MATTER!

Thanks again for your quick responses to the CLOUT Alerts!

The WOHVA 2/27/12 White Paper explaining the key points of the existing Bill language (NOT YET AMENDED) is at:

http://www.wohva.org...odule_id=111263

You can read the details of this Bill using the hotlink below to access ALL the detailed information about this legislation online at:

http://apps.leg.wa.g...=5366&year=2011

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There is still a chance it could come back up for a vote...

Upthegrove's amendment to HB2190 was adopted and HB2190 was passed by the House. HB2190 now moves to the Senate. While it is not cast in stone by final passage, the adoption of this amendment facilitates bringing SB5366 back to the House floor.

To be acceptable, SB5366 still needs the most recent striker amendment adopted.

Edited by 4x4 dirk

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