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Woman pointing to "No ATVs Permitted" sign along Taconite State Trail
May 23, 2018
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ATVs in state parks

2018 Legislative Outcome

Bills Introduced

House Omnibus Budget Bill (HF 4099)

Not included in the Senate Omnibus Budget Bill (SF 3656). The conference committee (SF 3656) report removed the ATV provision but included a compromise that requires the DNR to study and recommend ways to expand access to, and recreational opportunities within, Hayes Lake State Park. The bill passed the House (76-49) and Senate (35-32) on 5/19/18.

Final Language in Law

None – Bill was Vetoed

Proposed Policy

Allows the operation of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) in Hayes Lake State Park Campground, and directs the commissioner of natural resources to provide ATV access routes to said campgrounds. Allowing ATVs in state parks would be unprecedented, is opposed by state park visitors and park management, and would create safety and noise concerns.

Project Impact

Visit our No ATVS in State Parks section of our website to learn more

Bill Tracking

Bill Numbers: HF 3142 & HF 4211; SF 3063

House Authors: Fabian; Heintzeman; Poston; Ecklund
Senate Authors: Ingebrigtsen; Johnson

Update: The Hayes Lake State Park ATV provision was included in the House Omnibus Budget Bill (HF 4099) but not the Senate Omnibus Budget Bill (SF 3656).

The conference committee (SF 3656) report removed the ATV provision but included a compromise that requires the DNR to study and recommend ways to expand access to, and recreational opportunities within, Hayes Lake State Park. The bill passed the House (76-49) and Senate (35-32) on 5/19/18.

Gov. Dayton vetoed the entirety of the Omnibus Budget Bill on 5/23/18.

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