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Full Text of SB2272  93rd General Assembly


Sen. Denny Jacobs

Filed: 2/24/2004





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2     AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 2272 by replacing
3 everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4     "Section 5. The Recreational Trails of Illinois Act is
5 amended by changing Section 15 as follows:
6     (20 ILCS 862/15)
7     Sec. 15. Off-Highway Vehicle Trails Fund.
8     (a) The Off-Highway Vehicle Trails Fund is created as a
9 special fund in the State treasury. Money from federal, State,
10 and private sources may be deposited into the Fund. Fines
11 assessed by the Department of Natural Resources for citations
12 issued to off-highway vehicle operators shall be deposited into
13 the Fund. All interest accrued on the Fund shall be deposited
14 into the Fund.
15     (b) All money in the Fund shall be used, subject to
16 appropriation, by the Department for the following purposes:
17         (1) Grants for construction of off-highway vehicle
18 recreational trails on county, municipal, other units of
19 local government, or private lands where a recreational
20 need for the construction is shown.
21         (2) Grants for maintenance and construction of
22 off-highway vehicle recreational trails on federal lands,
23 where permitted by law.
24         (3) Grants for development of off-highway vehicle



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1 trail-side facilities in accordance with criteria approved
2 by the National Recreational Trails Advisory Committee.
3         (4) Grants for acquisition of property from willing
4 sellers for off-highway vehicle recreational trails when
5 the objective of a trail cannot be accomplished by other
6 means.
7         (5) Grants for development of urban off-highway
8 vehicle trail linkages near homes and workplaces.
9         (6) Grants for maintenance of existing off-highway
10 vehicle recreational trails, including the grooming and
11 maintenance of trails across snow.
12         (7) Grants for restoration of areas damaged by usage of
13 off-highway vehicle recreational trails and back country
14 terrain.
15         (8) Grants for provision of features that facilitate
16 the access and use of off-highway vehicle trails by persons
17 with disabilities.
18         (9) Grants for acquisition of easements for
19 off-highway vehicle trails or for trail corridors.
20         (10) Grants for a rider education and safety program.
21         (11) Administration, enforcement, planning, and
22 implementation of this Act and Sections 11-1426 and 11-1427
23 of the Illinois Vehicle Code.
24     Of the money used from the Fund for the purposes set forth
25 in this subsection, at least 60% shall be allocated for
26 motorized recreation. The Department shall establish, by rule,
27 measures to verify that recipients of money from the Fund
28 comply with the specified conditions for the use of the money.
29     (c) The Department may not use the money from the Fund for
30 the following purposes:
31         (1) Condemnation of any kind of interest in property.
32         (2) Construction of any recreational trail on National
33 Forest System land for motorized uses unless those lands
34 have been allocated for uses other than wilderness by an



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1 approved forest land and resource management plan or have
2 been released to uses other than wilderness by an Act of
3 Congress, and the construction is otherwise consistent
4 with the management direction in the approved land and
5 resource management plan.
6         (3) Construction of motorized recreational trails on
7 Department owned or managed land designated as a nature
8 preserve as defined in Section 3.11 of the Illinois Natural
9 Areas Preservation Act or contained in the report as
10 submitted pursuant to Section 6.06 of the Illinois Natural
11 Areas Preservation Act.
12     (d) The Department shall establish a program to administer
13 grants from the Fund to units of local government,
14 not-for-profit organizations, and other groups to operate,
15 maintain, and acquire land for off-highway vehicle parks that
16 are open and accessible to the public .
17 (Source: P.A. 90-287, eff. 1-1-98.)
18     Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
19 becoming law.".