UFWDA Community Forum
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
December 21, 2014, 05:02:57 am

Login with username, password and session length
Search:     Advanced search
Download the membership application and join UFWDA. Your membership will help fund UFWDA activities towards keeping trails open.
Read more...
14,077 Posts in 3,274 Topics by 974 Members
Latest Member: Johann
* Home Help Search Calendar Login Register
UFWDA Community Forum  |  Regional Focus - News and Local Events  |  Southwest  |  Topic: Bill banning OHV enforcement on fed lands signed in AZ « previous next »
Pages: [1] Go Down Print
Author Topic: Bill banning OHV enforcement on fed lands signed in AZ  (Read 779 times)
Peter Vahry
UFWDA International Vice-President
ghost

Offline Offline

Posts: 1,356



« on: June 20, 2013, 03:54:26 am »

Posted: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 6:18 pm | Updated: 1:06 am, Thu Jun 20, 2013.

Gov. Jan Brewer has signed off on a mini-sagebrush rebellion by signing a bill barring state and local law enforcement officers from enforcing off-highway vehicle laws on closed federal lands.

HB2551 was enacted in response to the federal government's closure of forest roads and trails. It makes state OHV laws unenforceable in those areas. County sheriffs normally enforce state laws in those areas under agreements with the federal government.

The Senate approved the bill on a 19-10 vote on May 21 and the House passed it on a 34-25 vote a week earlier.

Republican Sen. Chester Crandell of Heber says he wrote the bill to protest closing roads to hunters and other recreational users. The U.S. Forest Service says closures are needed because of increasing off-road vehicle travel.

Source... http://www.gvnews.com/state/bill-banning-ohv-enforcement-on-fed-lands-signed/article_5ddd6dd6-aba8-5968-b070-58121045d482.html
Logged

Auckland Four Wheel Drive Club Inc, 4x4 Challenges NZ Inc, NZFWDA life member
Peter Vahry
UFWDA International Vice-President
ghost

Offline Offline

Posts: 1,356



« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2013, 11:09:24 pm »

 
Governor Brewer signs HB 2551

June 21, 2013
 
 
Governor Jan. Brewer on June 19 signed House Bill 2551 (off-highway vehicles; use; authority; enforcement). The bill clarifies state authority in how it will enforce federal Travel Management Rules regarding off-highway vehicle use on U.S. Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management lands.
 
The Arizona Game and Fish Commission voted in March to support HB 2551, but made its support contingent on adoption of amended language that would address the commissionís concerns about unintended limitations on officersí ability to enforce resource damage laws or road closures for public safety purposes, such as during forest fires. Subsequent amendments addressed the commissionís concerns.

The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Chester Crandell (R-Heber) and Rep. David Gowan (R-Sierra Vista), passed the Arizona Senate and House in May.
 
The bill permits Game and Fish officers to enforce laws related to habitat damage and other duties important to the departmentís mission, while giving officers discretion in enforcing federal travel management rules that are lower priority or that might impede achieving wildlife management objectives.
 
The Arizona Game and Fish Commission has expressed long-standing concerns that the new forest Travel Management Rules put undue constraints on reasonable public access, are inconsistent across the different forests and therefore confusing to outdoor recreationists, and could impede the commissionís and departmentís ability to meet wildlife management objectives.
 
In addition to the Arizona Game and Fish Commission, SB 2551 is supported by county sheriffs and county supervisors throughout Arizona.
 
"One purpose of this legislation is to reaffirm the department's leading role in protecting wildlife habitat, while ensuring that the use of our law enforcement resources are not spent on efforts that, in some instances, unreasonably reduce the opportunities for Arizonaís families to fish, hunt, camp or enjoy wildlife viewing or responsible off-highway vehicle recreation,Ē said Kurt Davis, a member of the Arizona Game and Fish Commission.
 
Davis said the departmentís education programs, scientific evaluation and law enforcement activities related to protecting wildlife habitat will continue, while balancing the ability for Arizonans to enjoy the outdoors.
 
ďThis legislation simply strengthens the department's legally recognized role to manage wildlife across all our public lands and ensures that role is more appropriately recognized and respected,Ē he said.

Source.... Arizona Game and Fish Department
 
Logged

Auckland Four Wheel Drive Club Inc, 4x4 Challenges NZ Inc, NZFWDA life member
Pages: [1] Go Up Print 
UFWDA Community Forum  |  Regional Focus - News and Local Events  |  Southwest  |  Topic: Bill banning OHV enforcement on fed lands signed in AZ « previous next »
Jump to:  

Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.11 | SMF © 2006-2009, Simple Machines LLC Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!