FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, May 26, 2023
Governor Ignorantly Vetoes Bill Aimed at
Addressing Technology Advancements in OHV Recreation
PHOENIX, ARIZONA— Exploring Arizona in an off-highway vehicle (OHV) is a popular pastime for outdoor enthusiasts as a way to create memories with friends and family while enjoying the beauty of our diverse lands. In an effort to address the technological advancements of these types of vehicles, Senator Frank Carroll sponsored SB 1100 (all-terrain vehicles; definition) and is now speaking out against the Governor's mindless veto of the bill.
SB 1100 would have increased the maximum weight of all-terrain vehicles or OHVs subject to registration and vehicle license tax requirements from 2500 pounds to 3500 pounds as a way to update the state law definition to coincide with the evolution of safety features, electrification and other modernizations of these vehicles.
"Governor Hobbs' veto letter stated she believes the Off-Highway Study Committee established last session, instead of the Legislature, should determine whether OHVs with cab systems and electric powertrains can be legally operated in Arizona. However, this study committee was formed to address concerns stemming from improper use of OHVs and enforcement issues, not whether policymakers should amend the state's OHV definition to allow new products to be available for our outdoor enthusiasts," said Senator Carroll.
"It's disappointing Governor Hobbs vetoed a bill that had strong bipartisan support, as well as support from the sponsor who established the Off-Highway Study Committee. This bill would have promoted small businesses in Arizona and supported electric alternatives to gas-powered OHVs, which would have helped reduce exhaust and noise emissions. A number of states who regulate weights of OHVs have already updated their statute to coincide with the industry's technological advancements. Hobbs' veto shows her lack of knowledge on the issue, which is a complete disservice to our state," said Senator Carroll.
For more information, contact:
Director of Communications | Arizona State Senate Republican Caucus