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Old 10-18-2017, 11:37 AM
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From WOHVA this morning:

This is the money collected from your ORV permit purchases and from the offroad portion of gas tax revenue.
Thanks to multi-year lobbying efforts by WOHVA and the NMA, the appropriation was to be increased to over 14 million dollars, up from about 9 million just a few years ago.
NOVA funds are a critical funding source for motorized trail based recreation in our state. Currently the NOVA grants that Washington Department of Natural Resources and United States Forest Service land managers count on to keep ORV areas open are all on hold until if and when the NOVA appropriation happens.
The NOVA appropriation was bundled into the massive capital budget legislation. Even though the Legislature held multiple special sessions, they failed to pass the capital budget bill due to a partisan battle over including water rights legislation in the budget language.
The water rights issue is based on a Supreme Court decision that drastically restricted peopleís right to put water wells on their property. While this is an important issue to resolve, it is totally unfair to harm offroad vehicle enthusiasts in the process.
Please tell both of your Washington State House of Representatives members and your Washington State Senator to stop holding your money hostage and make a full NOVA fund appropriation as soon as they start the 2018 legislative session.
If you donít know who they are or how to contact them, go to www.leg.wa.gov
Keep an eye on the Washington Off Highway Vehicle Alliance (WOHVA) and Northwest Motorcycle Association (NMA) Facebook pages to stay up to date on this and other important off highway vehicle news.
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Old 10-20-2017, 02:04 PM
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I just heard back from the Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) their Communications Manager, Susan Zemek stated," The Legislature has not passed a capital budget and we can not award any grants until they do so".

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Old 10-20-2017, 02:44 PM
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And NOVA has no business being in the capital budget. I got all over my reps about it.
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Old 10-21-2017, 03:26 PM
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After doing a little further research it became clear the reason the Capital Budget was not approved was due to the - October's State Supreme Court - Hirst decision.
The Courts decision was the rule over water-access; the ruling limited domestic water wells and leaving many rural areas without access to water and unable to build homes on their property.
There were bills (short term) proposed to fix the water-access decision but those in Olympia stood by their convictions and refused to allow a vote on it in the House and in turn the budget was not approved.

Governor Inslee stated, "he would not call our legislators back into another special session unless there was a firm plan that would lead to a vote on the capital budget".

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