The Green Sticker Bill - Texas 4x4 Forum

Go Back   Texas 4x4 Forum > News Desk > News

Photo Gallery Places to Wheel Gallery III Home Forum Tech Section IRCChat FlashChat

News See what's new

Texas4x4.org is the premier All All Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.

News:

The Green Sticker Bill



Reply
 
Share LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-27-2005, 06:05 AM   #1
Rock Stacker
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Azle,TX
Posts: 189
Laurathebum will become famous soon enoughLaurathebum will become famous soon enough
The Green Sticker Bill

It's made it thru the Senate ...on the way thru the House
...and it's made news...

http://www.timesrecordnews.com/trn/l...723295,00.html


Bill could open spaces for ATVs, other off-road riders
By Tim Eaton/Scripps Howard Austin Bureau
April 23, 2005

The sandy beds of North Texas rivers are missing some characteristic tracks - swirling signatures of all-terrain vehicle traffic. Senate Bill 1311, now pending, could put the off-road tire tracks back in the public Texas landscape - if not in the riverbeds at least in some other wide open spaces.

A state law enacted in 2003 made both public riverbeds and public roads off-limits to ATV's.

"You can only ride your ATV on private property," said Tela Mange, spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Left without a place to play, ATV-rider Carol Smith, a spokeswoman for the Texas Motorized Trails Coalition, feels deprived. Smith supports SB 1311, a law that would open certain designated areas to off-road riders.

"In a state with this much property, there's no place for us to go," she said, looking at a state map that shows vast reaches of terrain well-suited to off-road recreation.

The TMTC promotes safe and responsible use of off-road vehicles and the land. Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, D-McAllen, author of SB 1311, takes the same approach to environmental concerns.

"I think this (SB 1311) would be a good way to protect our environment," Hinojosa said.

The bill would designate trails to allow off-road recreation while protecting natural habitats by limiting off-road vehicle usage to other areas, he said.

Environmentalists were among supporters of the law that currently bans ATV's from public land.

Environmental lobbyists attended a hearing Tuesday but did not testify.

The program created by Hinojosa's bill would be self-funding and would be administered by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The sale of permits up to $15 each would help the state secure federal grants to buy land.

At Copper Breaks State Park, 80 miles west of Wichita Falls, the success of park programs depends greatly on adequate funding. ATV's aren't allowed.

"If they had the funding to develop areas for designated use only, I would welcome it," said Rick Morrison, assistant park manager.

Meanwhile, monitoring off-road activity creates extra work for Morrison and the rest of the park staff - not because of ATV's but other vehicles that stray off paved roads onto trails meant only for horses and bicycles and hikers, he said.

Also in the economic realm, ATV sales and business generated by ATV riding would naturally increase if more Texas land could be devoted to off-road use. Not surprisingly, the Motorcycle Industry Council and the Specialty Vehicle Institute went on record at the Tuesday hearing in favor of the bill.

Small communities with off-road parks could benefit from the money spent in hotels and restaurants, Smith said.

"We have a $3 billion a year industry waiting to be tapped," she said.

The same 2003 legislation that closed public land to ATV's also allows counties to reopen the land in their jurisdiction to ATV's and other off-road vehicles and to provide points of access, including accommodations for riders with disabilities.

But counties - at least not in North Texas - haven't chosen to take control of their public lands despite the positive impact the off-road activity might have on their economies.

"All the counties jumped back from that," said Matt Thompson, game warden in Foard and Hardeman counties. "Its a huge responsibility."

It is Thompson's task to keep ATV's out of the Pease River. So far, few riders have challenged the law.

From his own perspective, Thompson would like to see Texas rivers opened to more than hikers, waders and horseback riders.

"I grew up on the Canadian," he said. "It was nice to have a place to go play."

The Times Record News contributed to this article.
__________________
817-939-1485
Laurathebum is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 04-27-2005, 08:34 AM   #2
I've met Johnny Cash
 
xanthias's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Kingwood, Texas
Posts: 2,207
xanthias Surfs Venus with Anubisxanthias Surfs Venus with Anubisxanthias Surfs Venus with Anubisxanthias Surfs Venus with Anubisxanthias Surfs Venus with Anubisxanthias Surfs Venus with Anubisxanthias Surfs Venus with Anubisxanthias Surfs Venus with Anubisxanthias Surfs Venus with Anubisxanthias Surfs Venus with Anubisxanthias Surfs Venus with Anubis
Good step in the right direction, but sounds like it's not broad enough to cover those with "real" 4x4's.
__________________
Project "Dirty South" - http://www.texas4x4.org/showthread.php?t=20035
Quote:
Originally Posted by Waylon Jennings
Did Ol' Hank really do it this way?
xanthias is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2005, 09:52 AM   #3
Trail Blazer
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: South Half Of Texas!
Posts: 471
PhulesAu will become famous soon enoughPhulesAu will become famous soon enough
Sounds like we with real 4x4's will have to provide the BFH when the senate passes this bill. If it's good enough for the little guys, it would be better for us. when they get this wedge in the door, we just keep pushing.
__________________
What Do You Mean It's Not Phule Proof??
Red 04 L J 4" + 1"= More Fun The Grand Order Of Red Jeeps Society

TGCSAR

Mark
PhulesAu is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Old 04-27-2005, 11:47 AM   #4
Wheelin MadMan
 
ruttdigger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Denton TX
Posts: 726
ruttdigger Spotterruttdigger Spotterruttdigger Spotter
from all i have read about sb1311 it sounds like it is aimed to atv's but does have broad enough reach that trucks arent far behind.

i think a program like california has would be nice. especially for those of us with trail only rigs. i supported this bill through ARRA. if you havent voiced your opinion please do so through any off road coliation.
__________________
"hey, hold my . i got an idea"
ruttdigger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2005, 06:17 AM   #5
Rock Stacker
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Azle,TX
Posts: 189
Laurathebum will become famous soon enoughLaurathebum will become famous soon enough
here's the history on SB1311

An action has taken place on SB1311 during the past day.

Author: Juan Hinojosa
Caption: Relating to the establishment of an off-highway vehicle trail and
recreational area program; providing a penalty.

Status: IN

Bill History (ordered by most recent action):
S 04-27-05 Placed on intent calendar
S 04-25-05 Committee report printed and distributed 07:03 PM
S 04-22-05 Reported favorably as substituted
S 04-19-05 Testimony taken in committee
S 04-19-05 Considered in public hearing
S 04-19-05 Scheduled for public hearing on . . . . .
S 03-21-05 Referred to Natural Resources
S 03-21-05 Read first time
S 03-10-05 Filed
S 03-10-05 Received by the Secretary of the Senate

03/21/2005 - Date of last status change.

Current bill text:
http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/data/...f/SB01311S.PDF

Current fiscal note: http://tlo2.tlc.state.tx.us/tlo/79r/fiscal/SB01311S.HTM
__________________
817-939-1485
Laurathebum is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:16 AM.


3.8.8 - Powered by vBulletin
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright 2002-2012 Texas4x4.org
 

SEO by vBSEO 3.6.0