Monday, February 22, 2016

The legislature has passed an amendment to the off-road statute (Section 66-3-1011 NMSA 1978

http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/legislation.aspx?chamber=S&legtype=B&legno=%20270&year=16 The legislature has passed an amendment to the off-road statute (Section 66-3-1011 NMSA 1978 (being Laws 1975, Chapter 240, Section 11, as amended)) that allows usage on paved streets and highways. The bill is sitting on the Governor’s desk for signing. Please contact the Governor’s office and support this bill and ask for her to sign it into law. This is a great step forward against the ever increasing restrictions on off-road vehicle use in rural areas. While we enjoy the new paved section of NM126 overall, it put new impediments for those of us around that area to just move from one part of the valley to another. This looks like a great victory for riders both in our area but also for all you on the east side. I had been working with my Representative Kelly Fajardo before the legislature to ask for a change to the existing law and apparently others had been doing the same across the state. The votes for it in both the Senate and House was overwhelming. However I note that my own Senator for Valencia County, Michael Sanchez voted against it.

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