OLR Bill Analysis

sSB 186

AN ACT CONCERNING THE PENALTY FOR VIOLATION OF A MUNICIPAL ORDINANCE REGULATING THE OPERATION OR USE OF A DIRT BIKE OR ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLE.

SUMMARY:

This bill subjects a first-time violator of a dirt bike or all-terrain vehicle (ATV) ordinance to a possible fine. It does so by allowing municipal officers or employees to issue citations without providing warning of a dirt bike or ATV violation. Currently, as required for other ordinances enforced by citations, a municipal officer or employee must issue a written warning providing notice of a violation before issuing a citation.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2015

BACKGROUND

Dirt Bike and ATV Ordinances

By law, municipalities may adopt ordinances on the operation and use of (1) dirt bikes on public property, including hours of use, and (2) ATVs, including hours and zones of use. An ordinance may set fines of up to:

1. $1,000 for a first violation,

2. $1,500 for a second violation, and

3. $2,000 for subsequent violations (CGS 14-390 and -390m).

Legislative History

The Senate referred the bill (File 485) to the Judiciary Committee, which reported a substitute, adding a provision requiring the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to implement the proposals in its 2002 publication “All-Terrain Vehicle Policy and Procedures.” The Senate then referred the bill (File 757) to the Environment Committee, which removed the same provision.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Planning and Development Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

19

Nay

0

(03/20/2015)

Judiciary Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

42

Nay

0

(04/20/2015)

Environment Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

26

Nay

0

(05/07/2015)