Gov. Walker Signs ATV Senate Bills in to Law in Tomahawk

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

(Press Release) Governor Scott Walker signed Senate Bills 29 and 32 into law today at Erv's Sales and Service in Tomahawk. The bills are related to all-terrain vehicles (ATV) and utility terrain vehicles (UTV).

“These bills ensure all-terrain vehicle and utility terrain vehicle riders have a voice on matters that relate to them and the recreational activity they enjoy,” Governor Walker said. "I'm also glad more young people throughout Wisconsin will be able to enjoy ATVs and UTVs, while ensuring their safety. I thank Senator Joe Leibham (R-Sheboygan) and Representative Erik Severson (R-Star Prairie) for their work on these two bills which will extend ATV/UTV recreation in Wisconsin.”

Senate Bill 29 relates to the creation of an off-road vehicle council in the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The council will consist of seven members appointed by the Governor to serve three-year terms. Councilpersons must be Wisconsin residents and must be members of an all-terrain vehicle or utility terrain vehicle user group and must be knowledgeable about outdoor recreation issues and trails used by these groups. If the DNR secretary determines the council has not convened once during the previous year, the council dissolves.

The duties of the council include providing advice and making recommendations to the Governor, the DNR, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, and the Legislature regarding trails, routes, and grants for the landowner incentive program.

Senate Bill 32 adjusts the age and speed restrictions in current law when specific safety precautions are taken while operating all-terrain vehicles and utility terrain vehicles. This bill will give young people greater flexibility to ride ATVs, while emphasizing the importance of safety and parental involvement.

Under Senate Bill 32, an individual younger than 12 years of age will be able to ride an ATV/UTV on land under the management and control of an individual, who consents to the operation of the ATV/UTV, and if they are accompanied by their parent, guardian, or other designated adult. An additional component of this bill is that individuals under than 18 years of age can operate an ATV/UTV at demonstration events if it is on a closed course, the individual wears protective headgear, and they are accompanied by a parent, guardian, or designated adult.

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