HB777 - RECREATIONAL TRAILS - Hosmer, Craig
HB777 CREATES MISSOURI RECREATIONAL TRAILS FUND.
Sponsor: Hosmer, Craig (138) Effective Date: 00/00/00
CoSponsor: LR Number: 1923-01
Last Action: COMMITTEE: STATE PARKS, RECREATION AND NATURAL RESOURCES
01/11/96 - Reported Do Pass with amendments (H)
HB777
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COMMITTEE

HB 777, HCA 1 -- RECREATIONAL TRAILS

SPONSOR:  Hosmer

COMMITTEE ACTION:  Voted "do pass" by the Committee on State
Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources by a vote of 5 to 3, 1
present.

This bill establishes the Missouri Recreational Trails Fund and
an accompanying Advisory Board to provide grants for the
development and maintenance of recreational trails.  The
Director of the Department of Natural Resources administers the
fund in consultation with the Advisory Board.  Trails for
motorized and nonmotorized use are each allocated at least 30%
of available funds, and up to 10% may be used by the department
for administration.  Moneys cannot be used for property
condemnation or to facilitate motorized use of trails that are
now predominantly in nonmotorized use.

Revenue for the fund is provided by the estimated portion of
motor vehicle fuel taxes derived from the sale of gasoline for
nonhighway, nonboating recreational use.  Donations and trail
registration fees may also be deposited in the fund.  The 15
members of the Advisory Board (7 voting, 7 alternate, one
governmental) are appointed by the Director of Natural Resources
to represent hikers, horseback riders, off-road motor vehicle
riders, bicyclists, persons with disabilities, and the Division
of State Parks.  Members serve 3-year, staggered terms.

HCA 1 --  caps the amount of motor fuel tax revenue that can be
annually transferred into the fund at $1 million, and places a
June 30, 2001, sunset date on transfers; does not allow grants
to be used for land purchases by private groups; adds an
Advisory Board member representing landowners and eliminates
alternate board members.

FISCAL NOTE:  Loss to State Road Fund of $436,915 to $7,038,563
in FY 97, $436,915 to $7,038,563 in FY 98, and $436,915 to
$7,038,563 in FY 99.  Estimated Net Effect on Missouri
Recreational Trails Fund increase of $596,553 to $9,610,271 in
FY 97, cost of $575,805 to $7,786,780 in FY 98, and cost of
$20,748 to increase of $870,497 in FY 99.

PROPONENTS:  Supporters say that trails are among the most
heavily utilized recreational facilities and have a positive
impact on tourism.  This bill balances the interests of many
trail user groups.  The bill may also provide a mechanism for
capturing federal funds designated for trail development.

Testifying for the bill were Representative Hosmer; Missouri
Parks and Recreation Association; Donald Hicks; Midwest Trail
Riders Association; Conservation Federation of Missouri; and
Missouri Powersports Association.

OPPONENTS:  Those who oppose the bill say that it may lead to
the development of too many motorized trails on public lands.
There is also some question of the constitutionality of using
these funds for non-highway purposes.

Testifying against the bill were Sierra Club; Missouri Parks
Association; and Missouri Highway and Transportation Department.

Terry Finger, Research Analyst


INTRODUCED

HB 777 -- Recreational Trails

Sponsor:  Hosmer

This bill establishes the Missouri Recreational Trails Fund and
an accompanying Advisory Board to provide grants for the
development and maintenance of recreational trails.  The
Director of the Department of Natural Resources administers the
fund in consultation with the Advisory Board.  Trails for
motorized and nonmotorized use are each allocated at least 30%
of available funds, and up to 10% may be used by the department
for administration.  Moneys cannot be used for property
condemnation or to facilitate motorized use of trails that are
now predominantly in nonmotorized use.

Revenue for the fund is provided by the estimated portion of
motor vehicle fuel taxes derived from the sale of gasoline for
nonhighway, nonboating recreational use.  Donations and trail
registration fees may also be deposited in the fund.  The 15
members of the Advisory Board (7 voting, 7 alternate, one
governmental) are appointed by the Director of Natural Resources
to represent hikers, horseback riders, off-road motor vehicle
riders, bicyclists, persons with disabilities, and the Division
of State Parks.  Members serve 3-year, staggered terms.


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