WOHVA Monthly Updates
WOHVA Update April '14
Thank you to all our annual meeting attendees and sponsors. Friday’s volunteer banquet was a great time with good food and great people. WOHVA is proud to award a Volunteer of the Year Award at each Volunteer banquet. This award is given to a deserving person who is decided on by the past Volunteer of the Year winners. The 2013 award is awarded in 2014. Our winner is Mike Diermeier. Mike and his wife Carol and Jeep CJ5 “Cooter” attended nearly every work weekend during the 2013 season and helped out above and beyond the norm. Thanks Mike!
Annual meeting is also a time for elections. Thank you to all our candidates, incumbent and otherwise. Our 2014-2015 Board of Directors consists of Dan Bergin CEO, John Lewins COO, Jerry Stephens CCO and Dave Groshek CFO.
Special thanks for many years of service to Jayne Duenkel. Jayne recently passed the membership position on to Laura Bergin. Jayne has done an absolutely awesome job in this thankless position for longer than I can remember. She passed all the information and systems over in great order to make the job as easy as possible for our new volunteer. Thank you Jayne! Rejoin us soon!
I had trouble finding words to describe our volunteers so I borrowed some quotes. “Volunteers are not paid -- not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.” This one applies very well to our group: “Some people want it to happen, some wish it to happen, others make it happen.” Our group is the latter and we all know that slowly we are converting the former in to us.
Below is an update from our tireless Legislative Director John Schnorr.
OHV & OHM Sticker Programs Update
Assembly Bill 369 (AB36) relates to the regulation of off-highway vehicles, creating an off-highway vehicle council, granting rule-making authority, requiring the exercise of rule-making authority, making appropriations, and providing penalties. It is a sticker program for full-size 4WD vehicles (both street legal and non-registered).
AB369 was introduced in the Wisconsin State Assembly on September 13th, 2013. From there AB369 was referred to the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources and Sporting Heritage. The Public Hearing for AB369 was held on September 25th, 2013. Four amendments were introduced to AB369 and it was then referred to the Joint Committee on Finance on February 3rd. Fiscal implications of AB369 were then researched by the Wisconsin Fiscal Bureau and their findings reported back to the Joint Committee on Finance.
The complete bill document (including amendments) and the entire history of AB369 can be downloaded and tracked at:
Assembly Bill 694 (AB694) relates to the operation of off-highway motorcycles, granting rule-making authority, providing penalties, and making appropriations. It is a sticker program for motorcycles.
AB694 was introduced in the Wisconsin State Assembly on January 31st, 2014. From there AB694 was referred to the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources and Sporting Heritage. The Public Hearing for AB694 was held on February 12th, 2014. Currently AB694 is still awaiting action from the Committee.
The complete bill document and the entire history of AB694 can be downloaded and tracked at:
The Wisconsin State Assembly has ended their current legislative session. The Wisconsin State Senate will do so shortly.
That leaves us with two very good pieces of legislation which have no hope of passage during the current year. Unfortunately, that’s how our system of government works.
Following the elections later this fall, the Wisconsin State Assembly and the Wisconsin will convene in a new session in January 2015. At that time, WOHVA hopes to have both these proposed laws introduced once again.
So, in short, we will start again with a new legislature in 2015. WOHVA will begin immediately developing a plan of attack to succeed in passage of these important programs. Please watch the WOHVA Forums for information on how you can help to assure passage in 2015.
“Remember, join and advocate (that’s) the two most important things that you can do!”
- Del Albright (April ’09, WOHVA’s 5th Annual Wisconsin OHV Enthusiast Workshops)
The Wisconsin Off-Highway Vehicle Association exists for the sole purpose of proactively assuring that public and private off-highway motorized vehicular recreational opportunities are expanded in Wisconsin for safe use by this and future generations