by Jaclyn Rhoads, Director for Conservation Policy
Lame duck is the last session of the legislature before the new year begins, and, this year, the newly elected Governor Christie takes over. Although lame duck implies an unproductive time of year, the end of the 2009 legislative session produced many victories including the Forest Stewardship Act, Pinelands Commission nominations, and the long-awaited Off-Road Vehicle Registration and Tagging provisions.
After ten years in the making by PPA and other partners, the off-road vehicle bill finally passed. The bill’s provisions do not take effect until one off-road vehicle park is “designated” by DEP. Once implemented, all off-road vehicle owners, new and existing, including dirt bike owners, will be required to register, tag and insure their vehicle. The bill also allocates a portion of the registration fees to an off-road vehicle fund that will be used by New Jersey for maintaining and creating parks for riding. (more…)