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as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/05/2019 09:03am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

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A bill for an act
relating to natural resources; modifying youth all-terrain vehicle training provisions;
allowing all-terrain vehicles with snorkel devices; amending Minnesota Statutes
2018, sections 84.775, subdivision 1; 84.925, subdivision 1; 84.9256, subdivision
1; 84.928, subdivision 2.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 84.775, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Civil citation; authority to issue.

(a) A conservation officer or other
licensed peace officer may issue a civil citation to a person who operates:

(1) an off-highway motorcycle in violation of sections 84.773, subdivision 1 or 2, clause
(1); 84.777; 84.788 to 84.795; or 84.90;

(2) an off-road vehicle in violation of sections 84.773, subdivision 1 or 2, clause (1);
84.777; 84.798 to 84.804; or 84.90; or

(3) an all-terrain vehicle in violation of sections 84.773, subdivision 1 or 2, clause (1);
84.777; 84.90; or 84.922 to 84.928.

(b) A civil citation under paragraph (a) shall require restitution for public and private
property damage and impose a penalty of:

(1) $100 for the first offense;

(2) $200 for the second offense; and

(3) $500 for third and subsequent offenses.

(c) A conservation officer or other licensed peace officer may issue a civil citation to a
person who operates an off-highway motorcycle, off-road vehicle, or all-terrain vehicle in
violation of section 84.773, subdivision 2, clause (2) or (3). A civil citation under this
paragraph shall require restitution for damage to wetlands and impose a penalty of:

(1) $100 for the first offense;

(2) $500 for the second offense; and

(3) $1,000 for third and subsequent offenses.

(d) If the peace officer determines that there is damage to property requiring restitution,
the commissioner must send a written explanation of the extent of the damage and the cost
of the repair by first class mail to the address provided by the person receiving the citation
within 15 days of the date of the citation.

(e) An off-road vehicle deleted text beginor all-terrain vehicledeleted text end that is equipped with a snorkel device and
receives a civil citation under this section is subject to twice the penalty amounts in
paragraphs (b) and (c).

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 84.925, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

deleted text beginProgramdeleted text endnew text begin Training and certification programsnew text end established.

(a) The
commissioner shall establishnew text begin:
new text end

new text begin (1)new text end a comprehensive all-terrain vehicle environmental and safety education and training
new text begin certification new text endprogram, including the preparation and dissemination of vehicle information
and safety advice to the public, the training of all-terrain vehicle operators, and the issuance
of all-terrain vehicle safety certificates to vehicle operators over the age of 12 years who
successfully complete the all-terrain vehicle environmental and safety education and training
coursedeleted text begin.deleted text endnew text begin; and
new text end

new text begin (2) a voluntary all-terrain vehicle online training program for youth and a parent or
guardian, offered at no charge for operators at least six years of age but younger than ten
years of age.
new text end

new text begin (b)new text end A parent or guardian must be present at deleted text beginthe hands-ondeleted text endnew text begin anew text end training deleted text beginportion of thedeleted text end program
deleted text begin fordeleted text endnew text begin when thenew text end youth deleted text beginwho are six throughdeleted text endnew text begin is undernew text end ten years of age.

deleted text begin (b)deleted text endnew text begin (c)new text end For the purpose of administering the program and to defray the expenses of
training and certifying vehicle operators, the commissioner shall collect a fee from each
person who receives the trainingnew text begin for certification under paragraph (a), clause (1)new text end. The
commissioner shall collect a fee, to include a $1 issuing fee for licensing agents, for issuing
a duplicate all-terrain vehicle safety certificate. The commissioner shall establish both fees
in a manner that neither significantly overrecovers nor underrecovers costs, including
overhead costs, involved in providing the services. The fees are not subject to the rulemaking
provisions of chapter 14 and section 14.386 does not apply. The fees may be established
by the commissioner notwithstanding section 16A.1283. Fee proceeds, except for the issuing
fee for licensing agents under this subdivision, shall be deposited in the all-terrain vehicle
account in the natural resources fund and the amount thereof, except for the electronic
licensing system commission established by the commissioner under section 84.027,
subdivision 15
, and issuing fees collected by the commissioner, is appropriated annually to
the Enforcement Division of the Department of Natural Resources for the administration
of the programs. In addition to the fee established by the commissioner, instructors may
charge each person up to the established fee amount for class materials and expenses.

deleted text begin (c)deleted text endnew text begin (d)new text end The commissioner shall cooperate with private organizations and associations,
private and public corporations, and local governmental units in furtherance of the deleted text beginprogramdeleted text endnew text begin
programs
new text end established under this section. School districts may cooperate with the
commissioner and volunteer instructors to provide space for the classroom portion of the
training. The commissioner shall consult with the commissioner of public safety in regard
to deleted text begintraining programdeleted text endnew text begin thenew text end subject matter new text beginof the training programs new text endand performance testing that
leads to the certification of vehicle operators. The commissioner shall incorporate a riding
component in the deleted text beginsafety education anddeleted text end training deleted text beginprogramdeleted text endnew text begin certification program established
under this section, and may incorporate a riding component in the training program
established under paragraph (a), clause (2)
new text end.

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 84.9256, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Prohibitions on youthful operators.

(a) Except for operation on public
road rights-of-way that is permitted under section 84.928 and as provided under paragraph
(j), a driver's license issued by the state or another state is required to operate an all-terrain
vehicle along or on a public road right-of-way.

(b) A person under 12 years of age shall not:

(1) make a direct crossing of a public road right-of-way;

(2) operate an all-terrain vehicle on a public road right-of-way in the state; or

(3) operate an all-terrain vehicle on public lands or waters, except as provided in
paragraph (f).

(c) Except for public road rights-of-way of interstate highways, a person 12 years of age
but less than 16 years may make a direct crossing of a public road right-of-way of a trunk,
county state-aid, or county highway or operate on public lands and waters or state or
grant-in-aid trails, only if that person possesses a valid all-terrain vehicle safety certificate
issued by the commissioner and is accompanied by a person 18 years of age or older who
holds a valid driver's license.

(d) To be issued an all-terrain vehicle safety certificate, a person at least 12 years old,
but less than 16 years old, must:

(1) successfully complete the safety education and training program under section 84.925,
subdivision 1, including a riding component; and

(2) be able to properly reach and control the handle bars and reach the foot pegs while
sitting upright on the seat of the all-terrain vehicle.

(e) A person at least deleted text beginsixdeleted text endnew text begin tennew text end years of age may take the safety education and training
program and may receive an all-terrain vehicle safety certificate under paragraph (d), but
the certificate is not valid until the person reaches age 12.

(f) A person at least ten years of age but under 12 years of age may operate an all-terrain
vehicle with an engine capacity up to 110cc if the vehicle is a class 1 all-terrain vehicle with
straddle-style seating or up to 170cc if the vehicle is a class 1 all-terrain vehicle with
side-by-side-style seating on public lands or waters if accompanied by a parent or legal
guardian.

(g) A person under 15 years of age shall not operate a class 2 all-terrain vehicle.

(h) A person under the age of 16 may not operate an all-terrain vehicle on public lands
or waters or on state or grant-in-aid trails if the person cannot properly reach and control:

(1) the handle bars and reach the foot pegs while sitting upright on the seat of the
all-terrain vehicle with straddle-style seating; or

(2) the steering wheel and foot controls of a class 1 all-terrain vehicle with
side-by-side-style seating while sitting upright in the seat with the seat belt fully engaged.

(i) Notwithstanding paragraph (c), a nonresident at least 12 years old, but less than 16
years old, may make a direct crossing of a public road right-of-way of a trunk, county
state-aid, or county highway or operate an all-terrain vehicle on public lands and waters or
state or grant-in-aid trails if:

(1) the nonresident youth has in possession evidence of completing an all-terrain safety
course offered by the ATV Safety Institute or another state as provided in section 84.925,
subdivision 3; and

(2) the nonresident youth is accompanied by a person 18 years of age or older who holds
a valid driver's license.

(j) A person 12 years of age but less than 16 years of age may operate an all-terrain
vehicle on the roadway, bank, slope, or ditch of a public road right-of-way as permitted
under section 84.928 if the person:

(1) possesses a valid all-terrain vehicle safety certificate issued by the commissioner;
and

(2) is accompanied by a parent or legal guardian on a separate all-terrain vehicle.

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 84.928, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Operation generally.

A person may not drive or operate an all-terrain vehicle:

(1) at a rate of speed greater than reasonable or proper under the surrounding
circumstances;

(2) in a careless, reckless, or negligent manner so as to endanger or to cause injury or
damage to the person or property of another;

(3) without headlight and taillight lighted at all times if the vehicle is equipped with
headlight and taillight;

(4) without a functioning stoplight if so equipped;

(5) in a tree nursery or planting in a manner that damages or destroys growing stock;

(6) without a brake operational by either hand or foot;

(7) with more than one person on the vehicle, except as allowed under section 84.9257;

(8) at a speed exceeding ten miles per hour on the frozen surface of public waters within
100 feet of a person not on an all-terrain vehicle or within 100 feet of a fishing shelter;new text begin or
new text end

deleted text begin (9) with a snorkel device that has a raised air intake six inches or more above the vehicle
manufacturer's original air intake, except within the Iron Range Off-Highway Vehicle
Recreation Area as described in section 85.013, subdivision 12a, or other public off-highway
vehicle recreation areas; or
deleted text end

deleted text begin (10)deleted text endnew text begin (9)new text end in a manner that violates operation rules adopted by the commissioner.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end