- Category: Legislative News
By Bob Walker, Chair, Montana Trails Coalition
Senator Terry Gauthier is carrying a bill in the 2019 legislature to increase the voluntary light motor vehicle registration fee. This change would create a new grant program for trail development, maintenance, and rehabilitation and help state parks and fishing access sites meet their maintenance and operation needs.
The proposal would increase the voluntary light motor vehicle registration fee to state parks from $6 to $10. The predicted result of this bill would yield $944,000 per year for a new Made-In-Montana grant program administered by Fish, Wildlife & Parks for trails and associated recreation facilities similar to the Recreational Trails grant program. In addition, SB 24 would increase funding to state parks by $895,000 per year and to fishing access sites by $170,000 per year.