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General Assembly



February Session, 2008

LCO No. 6305



Offered by:


REP. ROY, 119th Dist.

REP. GUERRERA, 29th Dist.

SEN. MEYER, 12th Dist.

SEN. DEFRONZO, 6th Dist.

REP. CHAPIN, 67th Dist.

REP. SAWYER, 55th Dist.

To: Subst. House Bill No. 5852

File No. 723

Cal. No. 199

Strike everything after the enacting clause and substitute the following in lieu thereof:

"Section 1. Section 22a-27h of the general statutes is amended by adding subsection (d) as follows (Effective July 1, 2008):

(NEW) (d) There is established the all-terrain vehicle account, which shall be a separate nonlapsing account within the Conservation Fund. The account shall contain any moneys required by law to be deposited in the account.

Sec. 2. Section 23-26c of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2008):

The Commissioner of Environmental Protection shall evaluate the properties under [his] the commissioner's jurisdiction and the jurisdiction of other state agencies for [their] use by persons operating all-terrain vehicles and, not later than January 1, 2010, shall [make available some of such properties] designate not less than four trails on such properties for such use, all of which shall be not less than five miles in contiguous length. Prior to making any such designation, the commissioner shall hold at least one public hearing, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54. In making such [properties available] designation, the commissioner shall consider minimizing the impact of all-terrain vehicles on the environment. Before [making] designating any property [available] that is under the jurisdiction of another state agency, the commissioner shall consult with such agency.

Sec. 3. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2008) Prior to implementing any registration system for all-terrain vehicles operated on public land, the commissioner shall adopt regulations in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 of the general statutes to carry out the purposes of this section. The provisions of this section shall not apply to any all-terrain vehicle (1) used solely for farming purposes, (2) operated on land owned by the owner of such all-terrain vehicle, or (3) operated at an organized or sanctioned event.

Sec. 4. Section 23-26e of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2008):

(a) No person less than twelve years of age shall operate an all-terrain vehicle on state land. A person between twelve and sixteen years of age may operate an all-terrain vehicle on state land provided such person (1) has obtained a certificate pursuant to section 23-26b, [and] (2) is supervised by a person eighteen years of age or older who has completed a safety education course given pursuant to section 23-26d, and (3) is wearing protective headgear which conforms to the minimum specifications established by the Snell Memorial Foundation's Standard for Protective Headgear for Use in All-Terrain Vehicle Riding.

(b) If any person operates an all-terrain vehicle in violation of subdi vision (3) of subsection (a) of this section, a law enforcement officer may issue a verbal warning to the parent or guardian of such operator."

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

July 1, 2008


Sec. 2

July 1, 2008


Sec. 3

October 1, 2008

New section

Sec. 4

October 1, 2008