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Legislative News: California Bill Would Undermine Off-Highway Vehicles Program (OHMVR)

Editor’s Note: OnAllCylinders is dedicated to keeping enthusiasts informed about legislation that could affect their hobby. We’ve created a semi-regular feature, “Legislative News,” to highlight important government bills and other legislation that could positively or negatively impact hot rodding, racing, or off-roading.

Legislation (S.B. 249) would allow funds collected for California’s Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) program to be spent by other agencies on unrelated programs without reimbursement. It was recently approved by the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee. It was previously approved by the Natural Resources and Water Committee and will now be sent to the Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration. The OHMVR program provides funds to local, state and federal agencies, educational institutions and nonprofit entities for OHV management on both federal and state lands.

Click here to learn more about S.B. 249.

West Virginia Bill to Allow Titles to be Issued for Abandoned Vehicles Signed Into Law

Legislation to create a special procedure for a person in possession of an abandoned antique vehicle to apply for and receive title to the vehicle was signed into law by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice. Under the new law, the state will search for the owner of the vehicle and provide notice that an application has been filed for title to the vehicle.

The law also creates a fair procedure for an owner to reclaim the vehicle within 30 days of notice of an application for title to the vehicle and creates a misdemeanor and imposes fines for interfering with an owner’s attempt to reclaim a vehicle. Antique motor vehicles are classified as those manufactured more than 25 years before the current date.

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