PaOHV Alert-Segregated Fund Bill Passes House
PaOHV closed June with big wins in the legislature. PaOHVís legislation splitting the Snowmobile/ATV fund
passed the state House of Representatives 190-0 on Saturday. This action followed favorable committee
action on June 16.
A companion bill passed unanimously the Senate Transportation Committee on June 24. The Senate bill awaits
action by the full Senate in the coming days.
Representative Marty Causerís (R-McKean) and Senator Pat Stafanoís (R-Fayette) legislation segregates the
Snowmobile and ATV Funds into two separate accounts. These bills assure that money generated by ATV
registrations, fines, and gas tax contributions is spent on ATV trail development and maintenance. There
will be no more co-mingling of ATV sourced funds with snowmobile money. Shared use trails will derive
funding from the two accounts on a proportional use basis.
The legislation reconfigures the composition of the Snowmobile/ATV Advisory Committee to add representatives
from the Department of Commerce and Economic Development and the Pennsylvania Association of Travel and
Tourism. Two seats representing interests unrelated to motorized recreation have been traded for the
Language in the bills increases reporting and audit oversight of motorized expenditures. This provision
allows the Legislature to access motorized expenditure data that has been unavailable to date. The House
bill requires the Auditor General to conduct financial and performance audits of the fund every two years to
ensure proper administration of it.
Finally, bills accelerate the grant awards process. Grants will be awarded quarterly rather than annually.
This should allow applicants to seize opportunities with a 90 day turn around rather than waiting a full
year the next grant period.
In passing the bills, the legislature has rejected DCNRís claim that the Department is technologically
incapable of spitting the fund. DCNR argued that it does not have the accounting expertise to administer
two funds. DCNR also argued that the bills will deny funding to parks like Rock Run and AOAA although the
language expressly contradicts the Departmentís position.
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