Thursday, February 19, 2015

Mesa County Commissioners oppose HB 15-1054

The Mesa County Commissioners on Thursday sent a letter opposing the passage of Colorado House Bill 15-1054.

The bill concerns the use and regulation of Off Highway Vehicles.

Though the Commissioners were supportive of the original version of the bill, the amendments would "strip our county of many rights concerning the local regulation of Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) use."

In November, Mesa County adopted an ordinance allowing the use of OHVs on county roads for recreation and tourism. The bill in its current form would undermine the ordinance, the commissioners wrote.

OHV use on Mesa County roads is an economic issue, the Commissioners wrote. It helps support a growing recreational industry, enables access to public lands and provides travel options for residents and tourists.

Additionally, OHV use should be regulated on a local level, the Commissioners wrote.

To read the letter in its entirety, go here.

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