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OHV public access ban revived in Senate

Senate leadership has revived a bill that could ban off-road vehicles from more than 2 million acres of public land, according to a release from the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA).

The Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, which would affect access for both off-highway motorcycles and ATVs, was defeated in the U.S. House of Representatives on March 11. However, it has been revived in the Senate as part of H.R. 146, the Revolutionary War and War of 1812 Battlefield Acquisition Grant Program.

The Senate reintroduced the bill as a 1,300-page amendment to an unrelated piece of legislation that could go to a vote at any time.

“Despite last week’s defeat of S. 22 in the House, the Senate is employing rare tactics to shove this ban through Congress,” Ed Moreland, the AMA’s vice president for government relations, said in the release. “The AMA is once again urging all motorcyclists to contact their senators to vote against this bill, which is an unfair and overly restrictive change to public lands policy.”

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