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    Laws of Minnesota 1993 

                        CHAPTER 311-H.F.No. 519 
           An act relating to recreational vehicles; regulating 
          registration and operation of off-highway motorcycles 
          and off-road vehicles; setting fees and penalties; 
          requiring reports to the legislature; appropriating 
          money; amending Minnesota Statutes 1992, sections 
          85.018, subdivisions 1, 2, 3, and 5; 171.03; and 
          466.03, subdivision 16; proposing coding for new law 
          in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 84. 
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 

                                ARTICLE 1

                         OFF-HIGHWAY MOTORCYCLES
    Section 1.  [84.787] [DEFINITIONS.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [SCOPE.] The definitions in this section 
apply to sections 1 to 10. 
    Subd. 2.  [ACCOMPANIED.] "Accompanied" means subject to 
continuous direction or control. 
    Subd. 3.  [CITY.] "City" means a statutory or home rule 
charter city. 
    Subd. 4.  [COMMISSIONER.] "Commissioner" means the 
commissioner of natural resources. 
    Subd. 5.  [DEALER.] "Dealer" means a person engaged in the 
business of selling off-highway motorcycles at wholesale or 
retail.  
    Subd. 6.  [MANUFACTURER.] "Manufacturer" means a person 
engaged in the business of manufacturing off-highway motorcycles.
    Subd. 7.  [OFF-HIGHWAY MOTORCYCLE.] "Off-highway 
motorcycle" means a motorized, off-highway vehicle traveling on 
two wheels and having a seat or saddle designed to be straddled 
by the operator and handlebars for steering control, including a 
vehicle that is registered under chapter 168 for highway use if 
it is also used for off-highway operation on trails or 
unimproved terrain. 
    Subd. 8.  [OWNER.] "Owner" means a person, other than a 
person with a security interest, that has a property interest in 
or title to an off-highway motorcycle and is entitled to the use 
and possession of the motorcycle. 
    Subd. 9.  [PERSON.] "Person" has the meaning given it in 
section 336.1-201, subsection (30). 
    Subd. 10.  [PUBLIC ROAD RIGHT-OF-WAY.] "Public road 
right-of-way" means the entire right-of-way of a town road or a 
county, county state-aid, or trunk highway, including the 
traveled portions, banks, ditches, shoulders, and medians. 
    Subd. 11.  [REGISTER.] "Register" means the act of 
assigning a registration number to an off-highway motorcycle.  
    Sec. 2.  [84.788] [REGISTRATION.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [GENERAL REQUIREMENTS.] Unless exempted in 
subdivision 2, after January 1, 1994, a person may not operate 
and an owner may not give permission for another to operate an 
off-highway motorcycle on public lands or waters unless the 
vehicle has been registered under this section. 
    Subd. 2.  [EXEMPTIONS.] Registration is not required for 
off-highway motorcycles:  
    (1) owned and used by the United States, the state, another 
state, or a political subdivision; 
    (2) registered in another state or country that have not 
been within this state for more than 30 consecutive days; 
    (3) used exclusively in organized track racing events; 
    (4) being used on private land with the permission of the 
landowner; or 
    (5) registered under chapter 168, when operated on forest 
roads to gain access to a state forest campground. 
    Subd. 3.  [APPLICATION; ISSUANCE; REPORTS.] Application for 
registration or continued registration must be made to the 
commissioner or an authorized deputy registrar of motor vehicles 
on a form prescribed by the commissioner.  The form must state 
the name and address of every owner of the off-highway 
motorcycle and must be signed by at least one owner.  Upon 
receipt of the application and the appropriate fee, the 
commissioner shall assign a registration number that must be 
affixed to the motorcycle in a manner prescribed by the 
commissioner.  The commissioner shall develop a registration 
system to register vehicles under this section.  A deputy 
registrar of motor vehicles acting under section 168.33, is also 
a deputy registrar of off-highway motorcycles.  The commissioner 
of natural resources in agreement with the commissioner of 
public safety may prescribe the accounting and procedural 
requirements necessary to ensure efficient handling of 
registrations and registration fees.  Deputy registrars shall 
strictly comply with the accounting and procedural 
requirements.  A fee of 50 cents in addition to other fees 
prescribed by law is charged for each off-highway motorcycle 
registered by a deputy registrar, and must be deposited in the 
treasury of the jurisdiction where the deputy is appointed, or 
kept if the deputy is not a public official. 
    Subd. 4.  [REGISTRATION CARD; REPLACEMENT FEE.] The 
commissioner shall provide to the registrant a registration card 
that includes the registration number, the date of registration, 
the make and serial number of the off-highway motorcycle, the 
owner's name and address, and additional information the 
commissioner may require.  Information concerning registrations 
must be kept by the commissioner.  Upon a satisfactory showing 
that the registration card has been lost or destroyed, the 
commissioner shall issue a replacement registration card upon 
payment of a fee of $4.  The fees collected from replacement 
registration cards must be credited to the off-highway 
motorcycle account. 
    Subd. 5.  [REPORT OF TRANSFERS; FEE.] A person who sells or 
transfers ownership of an off-highway motorcycle registered 
under this section shall report the sale or transfer to the 
commissioner within 15 days of the date of transfer.  An 
application for transfer must be executed by the registered 
owner and the buyer on a form prescribed by the commissioner 
with the owner's registration certificate, a bill of sale, and a 
$4 fee. 
    Subd. 6.  [REGISTRATION FEES.] (a) The fee for registration 
of an off-highway motorcycle under this section, other than 
those registered by a dealer or manufacturer under paragraph (b) 
or (c), is $30 for three years and $4 for a duplicate or 
transfer. 
    (b) The total registration fee for off-highway motorcycles 
owned by a dealer and operated for demonstration or testing 
purposes is $50 per year.  Dealer registrations are not 
transferable. 
    (c) The total registration fee for off-highway motorcycles 
owned by a manufacturer and operated for research, testing, 
experimentation, or demonstration purposes is $150 per year.  
Manufacturer registrations are not transferable. 
    (d) The fees collected under this subdivision must be 
deposited in the state treasury and credited to the off-highway 
motorcycle account. 
    Subd. 7.  [RENEWAL.] An owner of an off-highway motorcycle 
must renew registration in a manner prescribed by the 
commissioner upon payment of the appropriate registration fee in 
subdivision 6. 
    Subd. 8.  [VEHICLES OWNED BY STATE OR POLITICAL 
SUBDIVISION.] A registration number must be issued without the 
payment of a fee for off-highway motorcycles owned by the state 
or political subdivision upon application. 
    Subd. 9.  [LICENSING BY POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS.] A 
political subdivision of this state may not require licensing or 
registration of off-highway motorcycles covered by sections 1 to 
10. 
    Subd. 10.  [REGISTRATION BY MINORS PROHIBITED.] A person 
under the age of 18 may not register an off-highway motorcycle.  
    Sec. 3.  [84.789] [REQUIREMENTS OF MAKERS OF OFF-HIGHWAY 
MOTORCYCLES.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [IDENTIFICATION NUMBER.] An off-highway 
motorcycle made after January 1, 1994, and sold in the state, 
must have a manufacturer's permanent identification number 
stamped in letters and numbers on the vehicle in the form and at 
a location prescribed by the commissioner. 
    Subd. 2.  [REGISTRATION NUMBER.] An off-highway motorcycle 
made after January 1, 1995, and sold in the state, must be 
designed and made to provide an area to affix the registration 
number.  This area must be at a location and of dimensions 
prescribed by the commissioner. 
    Sec. 4.  [84.79] [RULEMAKING; ACCIDENT REPORT.] 
    (a) With a view of achieving proper use of off-highway 
motorcycles consistent with protection of the environment, the 
commissioner, in consultation with the commissioners of public 
safety and transportation, shall adopt rules under chapter 14 
relating to: 
    (1) registration of off-highway motorcycles and display of 
registration numbers; 
    (2) use of off-highway motorcycles insofar as game and fish 
resources are affected; 
    (3) use of off-highway motorcycles on public lands and 
waters under the jurisdiction of the commissioner; 
    (4) uniform signs to be used by the state, counties, and 
cities necessary or desirable to control, direct, or regulate 
the operation and use of off-highway motorcycles; and 
    (5) off-highway motorcycle sound levels. 
    (b) The commissioner of public safety, in consultation with 
the commissioners of natural resources and transportation, may 
adopt rules under chapter 14 regulating the use of off-highway 
motorcycles on public roads. 
    (c) The operator and an officer investigating an accident 
of an off-highway motorcycle resulting in injury requiring 
medical attention or hospitalization to or death of a person or 
total damage to an extent of $500 or more shall forward within 
ten days a written report of the accident to the commissioner on 
a form prescribed by the commissioner. 
    Sec. 5.  [84.791] [EDUCATION AND TRAINING.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [PROGRAM ESTABLISHED.] The commissioner 
shall establish a comprehensive off-highway motorcycle 
environment and safety education and training program, including 
the preparation and dissemination of vehicle information and 
safety advice to the public, the training of off-highway 
motorcycle operators, and the issuance of off-highway motorcycle 
safety certificates to operators under the age of 16 years who 
successfully complete the off-highway motorcycle environment and 
safety education and training courses. 
    Subd. 2.  [FEE.] For the purposes of administering the 
program and to defray a portion of the expenses of training and 
certifying vehicle operators, the commissioner shall collect a 
fee not to exceed $5 from each person who receives the training. 
The fees must be deposited in the state treasury and credited to 
the off-highway motorcycle account. 
    Subd. 3.  [COOPERATION AND CONSULTATION.] The commissioner 
shall cooperate with private organizations and associations, 
private and public corporations, and local governmental units in 
furtherance of the program established under this section.  The 
commissioner shall consult with the commissioner of public 
safety in regard to training program subject matter and 
performance testing that leads to the certification of off-road 
motorcycle operators. 
    Sec. 6.  [84.792] [SIGNAL FROM OFFICER TO STOP.] 
    An off-highway motorcycle operator, after having received a 
visual or audible signal from a law enforcement officer to come 
to a stop, may not: 
    (1) operate an off-highway motorcycle in willful or wanton 
disregard of the signal to stop; 
    (2) interfere with or endanger the law enforcement officer 
or another person or vehicle; or 
    (3) increase speed or attempt to flee or elude the officer. 
    Sec. 7.  [84.793] [YOUTHFUL OPERATORS; PROHIBITIONS.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [PROHIBITIONS ON YOUTHFUL OPERATORS.] (a) 
After January 1, 1995, a person less than 16 years of age 
operating an off-highway motorcycle on public lands or waters 
must possess a valid off-highway motorcycle safety certificate 
issued by the commissioner.  
    (b) Except for operation on public road rights-of-way that 
is permitted under section 9, subdivision 1, a driver's license 
issued by the state or another state is required to operate an 
off-highway motorcycle along or on a public road right-of-way. 
    (c) A person under 12 years of age may not: 
    (1) make a direct crossing of a public road right-of-way; 
    (2) operate an off-highway motorcycle on a public road 
right-of-way in the state; or 
    (3) operate an off-highway motorcycle on public lands or 
waters unless accompanied on another off-highway motorcycle by a 
person 18 years of age or older. 
    (d) Except for public road rights-of-way of interstate 
highways, a person less than 16 years of age may make a direct 
crossing of a public road right-of-way of a trunk, county 
state-aid, or county highway only if that person is accompanied 
on another off-highway motorcycle by a person 18 years of age or 
older who holds a valid driver's license. 
    (e) A person less than 16 years of age may operate an 
off-highway motorcycle on public road rights-of-way in 
accordance with section 9, subdivision 1, paragraph (a), only if 
that person is accompanied on another off-highway motorcycle by 
a person 18 years of age or older who holds a valid driver's 
license. 
    Subd. 2.  [HELMET REQUIRED.] A person less than 18 years of 
age may not operate an off-highway motorcycle on public land, 
public waters, or on a public road right-of-way unless wearing a 
safety helmet approved by the commissioner of public safety. 
    Subd. 3.  [PROHIBITIONS ON OWNER.] An owner of an 
off-highway motorcycle may not knowingly allow it to be operated 
contrary to this section. 
    Subd. 4.  [EYE PROTECTION REQUIRED.] A person may not 
operate an off-highway motorcycle without an eye-protective 
device. 
    Sec. 8.  [84.794] [OFF-HIGHWAY MOTORCYCLE ACCOUNT; RECEIPTS 
AND ALLOCATIONS.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [REGISTRATION REVENUE.] Fees from the 
registration of off-highway motorcycles must be deposited in the 
state treasury and credited to the off-highway motorcycle 
account in the natural resources fund. 
    Subd. 2.  [PURPOSES.] (a) Subject to appropriation by the 
legislature, money in the off-highway motorcycle account may 
only be spent for: 
    (1) administration, enforcement, and implementation of 
sections 1 to 10; 
    (2) acquisition, maintenance, and development of 
off-highway motorcycle trails and use areas; and 
    (3) grants-in-aid to counties and municipalities to 
construct and maintain off-highway motorcycle trails and use 
areas. 
    (b) The distribution of funds made available for 
grants-in-aid must be guided by the statewide comprehensive 
outdoor recreation plan. 
    Sec. 9.  [84.795] [OPERATION REQUIREMENTS; LOCAL 
REGULATION.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [OPERATION ON PUBLIC ROAD 
RIGHTS-OF-WAY.] (a) A person may not operate an off-highway 
motorcycle within the right-of-way of a town road or a trunk, 
county state-aid, or county highway in this state unless the 
right-of-way encompasses: 
    (1) a trail administered by the commissioner and designated 
for off-highway motorcycle use or multiple use; or 
    (2) a corridor access trail designated under paragraph (b). 
    (b) A road authority, as defined in section 160.02, 
subdivision 9, may designate, with the approval of the 
commissioner, corridor access trails on public road 
rights-of-way for gaining access to established off-highway 
motorcycle trails. 
    (c) A person may not operate an off-highway motorcycle upon 
a trunk, county state-aid, or county highway in this state 
unless the vehicle is equipped with at least one headlight and 
one taillight, each of minimum candlepower as prescribed by rule 
of the commissioner, and with brakes conforming to standards 
prescribed by rule of the commissioner, all of which are subject 
to the approval of the commissioner of public safety. 
    (d) A person may not operate an off-highway motorcycle at 
any time within the right-of-way of an interstate highway or 
freeway within this state. 
    Subd. 2.  [CROSSING PUBLIC ROAD RIGHT-OF-WAY.] (a) A person 
operating an off-highway motorcycle may make a direct crossing 
of a public road right-of-way provided: 
    (1) the crossing is made at an angle of approximately 90 
degrees to the direction of the road and at a place where no 
obstruction prevents a quick and safe crossing; 
    (2) the off-highway motorcycle is brought to a complete 
stop before crossing the shoulder or main traveled way of the 
road; 
    (3) the driver yields the right-of-way to all oncoming 
traffic that constitutes an immediate hazard; 
    (4) in crossing a divided road, the crossing is made only 
at an intersection of the road with another public road; and 
    (5) if the crossing is made between the hours of one-half 
hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise or in 
conditions of reduced visibility, only if both front and rear 
lights are on. 
    (b) Chapter 169 applies to the operation of off-highway 
motorcycles upon streets and highways, except for those 
provisions relating to required equipment and those provisions 
that by their nature have no application. 
    Subd. 3.  [EXEMPTIONS.] Subdivisions 1 and 2 do not apply 
to vehicles registered for public road use under chapter 168 
when being operated on a traveled portion of a public road. 
    Subd. 4.  [OPERATION GENERALLY.] A person may not drive or 
operate an off-highway motorcycle:  
    (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) in a tree nursery or planting in a manner that damages 
or destroys growing stock; 
    (4) without a brake operational by either hand or foot; 
    (5) at a speed exceeding ten miles per hour on the frozen 
surface of public waters within 100 feet of a person fishing or 
a fishing shelter; or 
    (6) in a manner that violates operation rules adopted by 
the commissioner. 
    Subd. 5.  [OPERATING UNDER INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL OR 
CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE.] A person may not operate or be in control 
of an off-highway motorcycle anywhere in this state or on the 
ice of any boundary water of this state while under the 
influence of alcohol or a controlled substance, as provided in 
section 169.121, and is subject to section 169.123.  A 
conservation officer of the department of natural resources is a 
peace officer for the purposes of sections 169.121 and 169.123 
as applied to the operation of an off-highway motorcycle in a 
manner not subject to registration under chapter 168. 
    Subd. 6.  [OPERATION PROHIBITED ON AIRPORTS.] A person may 
not drive or operate an off-highway motorcycle on an airport 
defined in section 360.013, subdivision 5. 
    Subd. 7.  [ORGANIZED CONTESTS.] Nothing in this section or 
chapter 169 prohibits the use of off-highway motorcycles within 
the right-of-way of a state trunk or county state-aid highway or 
upon public lands or waters under the jurisdiction of the 
commissioner of natural resources, in an organized contest or 
event, subject to the consent of the official or board having 
jurisdiction over the highway or public lands or waters. 
    In permitting the contest or event, the official or board 
having jurisdiction may prescribe restrictions, conditions, or 
permit revocation procedures, as the official or board considers 
advisable. 
    Subd. 8.  [REGULATIONS BY POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS.] A 
county, city, or town, acting through its governing body, may 
regulate the operation of off-highway motorcycles on public 
lands, waters, and property under its jurisdiction other than 
public road rights-of-way within its boundaries, by resolution 
or ordinance of the governing body and by giving appropriate 
notice, provided that: 
    (1) the regulations must be consistent with sections 1 to 
10 and rules adopted under section 4; 
    (2) an ordinance may not impose a fee for the use of public 
land or water under the jurisdiction of either the department of 
natural resources or another agency of the state, or for the use 
of an access to it owned by the state, a county, or a city; and 
    (3) an ordinance may not require an off-highway motorcycle 
operator to possess a motor vehicle driver's license while 
operating an off-highway motorcycle.  
    Sec. 10.  [84.796] [PENALTIES.] 
    A person who violates a provision of section 2, 3, 6, 7, or 
9 is guilty of a misdemeanor. 
    Sec. 11.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 85.018, 
subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 2.  [AUTHORITY OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT.] (a) A local 
government unit that receives state grants-in-aid for any trail, 
with the concurrence of the commissioner, and the landowner or 
land lessee, may: 
    (1) designate the trail for use by snowmobiles or for 
nonmotorized use from December 1 to April 1 of any year; and 
    (2) issue any permit required under subdivisions 3 to 5. 
    (b) A local government unit that receives state 
grants-in-aid under section 84.927, subdivision 2, or section 8, 
subdivision 2, for any trail, with the concurrence of the 
commissioner, and landowner or land lessee, may: 
    (1) designate the trail specifically for use at various 
times of the year by all-terrain vehicles or off-highway 
motorcycles, for nonmotorized use such as ski touring, 
snowshoeing, and hiking, and for multiple use, but not for 
motorized and nonmotorized use at the same time; and 
    (2) issue any permit required under subdivisions 3 to 5. 
    (c) A local unit of government that receives state 
grants-in-aid for any trail, with the concurrence of the 
commissioner and landowner or land lessee, may designate certain 
trails for joint use by snowmobiles, off-highway motorcycles, 
and all-terrain vehicles. 
    Sec. 12.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 85.018, 
subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 3.  [MOTORIZED USE; PERMITS, RESTRICTIONS.] Permits 
may be issued for motorized vehicles, other than those 
designated, to use a trail designated for use by snowmobiles, 
off-highway motorcycles, or all-terrain vehicles.  Notice of the 
permit must be conspicuously posted, at the expense of the 
permit holder, at no less than one-half mile intervals along the 
trail, for the duration of the permit.  Permits shall require 
that permit holders return the trail and any associated facility 
to their original condition if any damage is done by the 
permittee.  Limited permits for special events such as races may 
be issued and shall require the removal of any trail markers, 
banners and other material used in connection with the special 
event.  
    Sec. 13.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 85.018, 
subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 5.  [SNOWMOBILE AND ALL-TERRAIN MOTORIZED VEHICLE 
TRAILS RESTRICTED.] (a) From December 1 to April 1 in any year 
no use of a motorized vehicle other than a snowmobile, unless 
authorized by permit, lease or easement, shall be permitted on a 
trail designated for use by snowmobiles. 
    (b) From December 1 to April 1 in any year no use of a 
motorized vehicle other than an all-terrain vehicle and an 
off-highway motorcycle, unless authorized by permit, shall be 
permitted on a trail designated for use by all-terrain 
vehicles and off-highway motorcycles.  
    Sec. 14.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 171.03, is 
amended to read: 
    171.03 [PERSONS EXEMPT.] 
    The following persons are exempt from license hereunder: 
    (1) a person in the employ or service of the United States 
federal government while driving or operating a motor vehicle 
owned by or leased to the United States federal government, 
except that only a noncivilian operator of a commercial motor 
vehicle owned or leased by the United States Department of 
Defense or the Minnesota national guard is exempt from the 
requirement to possess a valid commercial motor vehicle driver's 
license; 
    (2) any person while driving or operating any farm tractor, 
or implement of husbandry temporarily operated or moved on a 
highway, and for purposes of this section an all-terrain 
vehicle, as defined in section 84.92, subdivision 8, is not an 
implement and an off-highway motorcycle, as defined in section 
1, subdivision 7, are not implements of husbandry; 
    (3) a nonresident who is at least 15 years of age and who 
has in immediate possession a valid driver's license issued to 
the nonresident in the home state or country may operate a motor 
vehicle in this state only as a driver; 
    (4) a nonresident who has in immediate possession a valid 
commercial driver's license issued by a state in compliance with 
the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986, United States 
Code, title 49, sections 521, 2304, and 2701 to 2716, and who is 
operating in Minnesota the class of commercial motor vehicle 
authorized by the issuing state; 
    (5) any nonresident who is at least 18 years of age, whose 
home state or country does not require the licensing of drivers 
may operate a motor vehicle as a driver, only for a period of 
not more than 90 days in any calendar year if the motor vehicle 
so operated is duly registered for the current calendar year in 
the home state or country of such nonresident; 
    (6) any person who becomes a resident of the state of 
Minnesota and who has in possession a valid driver's license 
issued to the person under and pursuant to the laws of some 
other state or province or by military authorities of the United 
States may operate a motor vehicle as a driver, only for a 
period of not more than 60 days after becoming a resident of 
this state without being required to have a Minnesota driver's 
license as provided in this chapter; 
    (7) any person who becomes a resident of the state of 
Minnesota and who has in possession a valid commercial driver's 
license issued by another state in compliance with the 
Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986, United States Code, 
title 49, sections 521, 2304, and 2701 to 2716, for not more 
than 30 days after becoming a resident of this state; and 
    (8) any person operating a snowmobile, as defined in 
section 84.81.  
    Sec. 15.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 466.03, 
subdivision 16, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 16.  Any claim against a county, arising from the 
operation of an all-terrain vehicle or off-highway motorcycle on 
land administered by a county under chapter 280, 281, or 282, 
except that the county is liable for conduct that would entitle 
a trespasser to damages against a private person. 
    Sec. 16.  [DETERMINATION OF TAX ALLOCATION; REPORT TO 
LEGISLATURE.] 
    The commissioners of natural resources, revenue, and 
transportation shall jointly determine the amount of unrefunded 
gasoline tax attributable to off-highway motorcycle use in the 
state and shall report to the legislature by March 1, 1994, with 
an appropriate proposed revision to Minnesota Statutes, section 
296.16. 
    Sec. 17.  [LEGISLATIVE REPORT ON REGISTRATION AND USE.] 
    By January 1, 1995, the commissioner of natural resources 
shall report to the legislature on the number of off-highway 
motorcycles registered under section 2 and the growth patterns 
of off-highway motorcycle use in the state.  
    Sec. 18.  [APPROPRIATIONS; REIMBURSEMENT; INCREASED 
COMPLEMENT.] 
     (a) $235,000 is appropriated to the commissioner of natural 
resources from the general fund for the purposes of sections 1 
to 17 and is available for the fiscal year ending June 30, 
1994.  The approved complement of the department of natural 
resources is increased by 2 positions. 
     (b) $146,000 is appropriated from the off-highway 
motorcycle account to the commissioner of natural resources for 
the purposes of sections 1 to 10 and 17 and is available for the 
fiscal year ending June 30, 1995. 
    (c) Amounts spent by the commissioner of natural resources 
from the appropriation in subdivision 1 must be reimbursed by 
December 31, 1994 to the general fund.  The amount necessary to 
make the reimbursement is appropriated from the off-highway 
motorcycle account in the natural resources fund to the 
commissioner of finance for transfer to the general fund. 
    Sec. 19.  [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 
    Section 16 is effective the day following final enactment. 

                                ARTICLE 2

                            OFF-ROAD VEHICLES
    Section 1.  [84.797] [DEFINITIONS.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [SCOPE.] The definitions in this section 
apply to sections 1 to 9. 
    Subd. 2.  [CITY.] "City" means a statutory or home rule 
charter city. 
    Subd. 3.  [COMMISSIONER.] "Commissioner" means the 
commissioner of natural resources. 
    Subd. 4.  [DEALER.] "Dealer" means a person engaged in the 
business of selling off-road vehicles at wholesale or retail. 
    Subd. 5.  [MANUFACTURER.] "Manufacturer" means a person 
engaged in the business of manufacturing off-road vehicles. 
    Subd. 6.  [OFF-ROAD.] "Off-road" means on trails or 
nonpublic roads or for cross-country travel on natural terrain.  
For purposes of sections 1 to 9, nonpublic roads include state 
forest roads, county forest roads, and other roads and trails 
that are not operated by a public road authority as defined in 
section 160.02, subdivision 9. 
    Subd. 7.  [OFF-ROAD VEHICLE.] "Off-road vehicle" or 
"vehicle" means a motor-driven recreational vehicle capable of 
cross-country travel on natural terrain without benefit of a 
road or trail.  Off-road vehicle does not include a snowmobile; 
an all-terrain vehicle; a motorcycle; a watercraft; a farm 
vehicle being used for farming; a vehicle used for military, 
fire, emergency, or law enforcement purposes; a construction or 
logging vehicle used in the performance of its common function; 
a motor vehicle owned by or operated under contract with a 
utility, whether publicly or privately owned, when used for work 
on utilities; a commercial vehicle being used for its intended 
purpose; snow-grooming equipment when used for its intended 
purpose; or an aircraft.  
    Subd. 8.  [OFF-ROAD VEHICLE USE AREA.] "Off-road vehicle 
use area" means an area that is posted or designated for 
off-road vehicle use in accordance with rules adopted by the 
managing authority. 
    Subd. 9.  [OWNER.] "Owner" means a person, other than a 
person with a security interest, that has a property interest in 
or title to an off-road vehicle and is entitled to the use and 
possession of the vehicle. 
    Subd. 10.  [PERSON.] "Person" has the meaning given in 
section 336.1-201, paragraph (30). 
    Subd. 11.  [PUBLIC ROAD RIGHT-OF-WAY.] "Public road 
right-of-way" means the entire right-of-way of a roadway that is 
not privately owned, including the traveled portions, banks, 
ditches, shoulders, and medians. 
    Subd. 12.  [OFF-ROAD VEHICLE STAGING AREA.] "Off-road 
vehicle staging area" means a parking lot, trail head, 
campground, or other location to or from which an off-road 
vehicle is transported by truck, trailer, or other motor vehicle 
so that it may be placed into operation or removed from 
operation on public lands.  Off-road vehicle staging area does 
not include a location to which an off-road vehicle is 
transported primarily for servicing, maintenance, repair, 
storage, or sale. 
    Sec. 2.  [84.798] [REGISTRATION.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [GENERAL REQUIREMENTS.] Unless exempted 
under subdivision 2, after January 1, 1995, a person may not 
operate and an owner may not give permission for another to 
operate a vehicle off-road, nor may a person have an off-road 
vehicle not registered under chapter 168 in possession at an 
off-road vehicle staging area, or designated trail or area, 
unless the vehicle has been registered under this section. 
    Subd. 2.  [EXEMPTIONS.] Registration is not required for an 
off-road vehicle that is: 
    (1) owned and used by the United States, the state, another 
state, or a political subdivision; or 
    (2) registered in another state or country and has not been 
in this state for more than 30 consecutive days. 
    Subd. 3.  [APPLICATION; ISSUANCE.] Application for 
registration or continued registration must be made to the 
commissioner, or an authorized deputy registrar of motor 
vehicles on a form prescribed by the commissioner.  The form 
must state the name and address of every owner of the off-road 
vehicle and must be signed by at least one owner.  Upon receipt 
of the application and the appropriate fee, the commissioner 
shall register the off-road vehicle and assign a registration 
number that must be affixed to the vehicle in accordance with 
subdivision 4.  A deputy registrar of motor vehicles acting 
under section 168.33 is also a deputy registrar of off-road 
vehicles.  The commissioner of natural resources in cooperation 
with the commissioner of public safety may prescribe the 
accounting and procedural requirements necessary to ensure 
efficient handling of registrations and registration fees.  
Deputy registrars shall strictly comply with the accounting and 
procedural requirements.  A fee of 50 cents in addition to other 
fees prescribed by law must be charged for each off-road vehicle 
registered by a deputy registrar, and must be deposited in the 
treasury of the jurisdiction where the deputy is appointed, or 
retained if the deputy is not a public official. 
    Subd. 4.  [REGISTRATION STICKER.] An off-road vehicle must 
display a registration sticker issued by the commissioner.  If 
the vehicle is licensed as a motor vehicle, the registration 
sticker must be affixed on the upper left corner of the rear 
license plate.  If the vehicle is not licensed as a motor 
vehicle, the owner shall provide a plate not less than four 
inches high and 7-1/2 inches wide.  The plate must be attached 
to the rear of the vehicle at least 12 inches from the ground. 
The registration sticker must be affixed on the upper left 
corner of the plate.  Plates and registration stickers must be 
maintained in a clean and legible condition. 
    Subd. 5.  [REGISTRATION CARD; REPLACEMENT FEE.] The 
commissioner shall provide to the registrant a registration card 
that includes the registration number, date of expiration, make 
and serial number of the off-road vehicle, owner's name and 
address, and additional information the commissioner may 
require.  Information concerning each registration must be kept 
by the commissioner.  If a registration card is lost or 
destroyed, the commissioner shall issue a replacement 
registration card on payment of a fee of $4.  The fees collected 
from replacement registration cards must be credited to the 
off-road vehicle account in the natural resources fund. 
    Subd. 6.  [REGISTRATION FEES.] (a) The fee for registration 
of an off-road vehicle under this section, other than those 
registered by a dealer or manufacturer under paragraph (b) or 
(c), is $30 for three years and $4 for a duplicate or transfer. 
    (b) The total registration fee for off-road vehicles owned 
by a dealer and operated off-road for demonstration or testing 
purposes is $50 per year.  Dealer registrations are not 
transferable. 
    (c) The total registration fee for off-road vehicles owned 
by a manufacturer and operated off-road for research, testing, 
experimentation, or demonstration purposes is $150 per year.  
Manufacturer registrations are not transferable. 
    (d) The fees collected under this subdivision must be 
credited to the off-road vehicle account in the natural 
resources fund. 
    Subd. 7.  [RENEWAL.] An owner of an off-road vehicle must 
renew registration in a manner prescribed by the commissioner 
upon payment of the appropriate registration fee under 
subdivision 5. 
    Subd. 8.  [LICENSING BY POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS.] A 
political subdivision may not require licensing or registration 
of off-road vehicles regulated under sections 1 to 9. 
    Subd. 9.  [REGISTRATION BY MINORS PROHIBITED.] A person 
under the age of 18 may not register an off-road vehicle. 
    Sec. 3.  [84.799] [VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER.] 
    An off-road vehicle manufactured after January 1, 1995, and 
sold in the state must have a manufacturer's permanent 
identification number stamped in letters and numbers on the 
vehicle. 
    Sec. 4.  [84.80] [RULEMAKING; ACCIDENT REPORT.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [RULES.] The commissioner shall adopt rules 
under chapter 14 relating to: 
    (1) the use of off-road vehicles, in a manner consistent 
with protection of the environment, on public lands and waters 
under the jurisdiction of the commissioner of natural resources, 
including measures to minimize adverse impacts on soils, waters, 
vegetation, and wildlife; 
    (2) off-road vehicle equipment and safety standards, in 
consultation with the commissioner of public safety; 
    (3) uniform signs to be used by the state, counties, and 
cities to control, direct, or regulate the operation and use of 
off-road vehicles; and 
    (4) maximum off-road vehicle sound levels. 
    Subd. 2.  [ACCIDENT REPORT; REQUIREMENT AND FORM.] The 
operator and an officer investigating an accident involving an 
off-road vehicle and resulting in injury requiring medical 
attention or hospitalization, death, or total damage of $300 or 
more shall forward within ten days a written report of the 
accident to the commissioner of natural resources on a form 
prescribed by either the commissioner or the commissioner of 
public safety. 
    Sec. 5.  [84.801] [SIGNAL FROM OFFICER TO STOP.] 
    It is unlawful for an off-road vehicle operator, after 
having received a visual or audible signal from a law 
enforcement officer to come to a stop, to: 
    (1) operate an off-road vehicle in willful or wanton 
disregard of the signal to stop; 
    (2) interfere with or endanger the law enforcement officer 
or another person or vehicle; or 
    (3) increase speed or attempt to flee or elude the officer. 
    Sec. 6.  [84.802] [YOUTHFUL OPERATORS; PROHIBITIONS.] 
    (a) A person under 16 years of age may not operate an 
off-road vehicle. 
    (b) Except for operation on public road rights-of-way that 
is permitted under section 8, a driver's license issued by the 
state or another state is required to operate an off-road 
vehicle along or on a public road right-of-way. 
    (c) An owner of an off-road vehicle may not knowingly allow 
it to be operated in violation of this section. 
    Sec. 7.  [84.803] [OFF-ROAD VEHICLE ACCOUNT.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [REGISTRATION REVENUE.] Fees from the 
registration of off-road vehicles must be deposited in the state 
treasury and credited to the off-road vehicle account in the 
natural resources fund. 
    Subd. 2.  [PURPOSES.] Subject to appropriation by the 
legislature, money in the off-road vehicle account may only be 
spent for: 
    (1) administration and implementation of sections 1 to 9 
and 18; 
    (2) acquisition, maintenance, and development of off-road 
vehicle trails and use areas; 
    (3) grant-in-aid programs to counties and municipalities to 
construct and maintain off-road vehicle trails and use areas; 
and 
    (4) grants-in-aid to local safety programs. 
    Sec. 8.  [84.804] [OPERATION REQUIREMENTS; LOCAL 
REGULATION.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [OPERATION ON PUBLIC ROAD RIGHTS-OF-WAY.] 
(a) A person may not operate a vehicle off-road within a public 
road right-of-way in this state except on a trail designated by 
the commissioner and approved by the unit of government having 
jurisdiction over the right-of-way. 
    (b) A person may not operate a vehicle off-road within a 
public road right-of-way between the hours of one-half hour 
after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise, except on the 
right-hand side of the right-of-way and in the same direction as 
traffic on the nearest lane of the road. 
    (c) A person may not operate an off-road vehicle within the 
right-of-way of an interstate highway. 
    Subd. 2.  [CROSSING PUBLIC ROAD RIGHTS-OF-WAY.] (a) An 
off-road vehicle not registered under chapter 168 may make a 
direct crossing of a public road right-of-way for the purpose of 
continuing on a designated off-road trail if: 
    (1) the crossing is made at an angle of approximately 90 
degrees to the direction of the road and at a place where no 
obstruction prevents a quick and safe crossing; 
    (2) the vehicle is brought to a complete stop before 
crossing the shoulder or main traveled way of the road; 
    (3) the driver yields the right-of-way to all traffic; 
    (4) in crossing a divided road, the crossing is made only 
at an intersection of the road with another public road; and 
    (5) if the crossing is made between the hours of one-half 
hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise or in 
conditions of reduced visibility, only if both front and rear 
lights are on. 
    (b) An off-road vehicle not registered under chapter 168 
may be operated on a bridge, other than a bridge that is part of 
the main traveled lanes of an interstate highway, or a roadway 
shoulder or inside bank of a public road right-of-way when 
required to avoid obstructions to travel and no other method of 
avoidance is possible, provided that the vehicle is operated in 
the farthest right-hand lane, the entrance to the roadway is 
made within 100 feet of the bridge or obstacle, and the crossing 
is made without undue delay. 
    (c) A person may not operate an off-road vehicle on a 
public street or highway unless the off-road vehicle is equipped 
with at least one headlight and one taillight, each of minimum 
candlepower as prescribed by rules of the commissioner, and with 
brakes conforming to standards prescribed by rule of the 
commissioner, and all of which are subject to the approval of 
the commissioner of public safety. 
    (d) Chapter 169 applies to the operation of off-road 
vehicles on streets and highways, except that those provisions 
that by their nature have no application and those provisions 
relating to required equipment do not apply to vehicles not 
registered under chapter 168.  Sections 169.121 to 169.129 apply 
to the operation of off-road vehicles anywhere in the state and 
on the ice of boundary waters. 
    (e) A road authority, as defined in section 160.02, 
subdivision 9, may, with the approval of the commissioner, 
designate access trails on public road rights-of-way for gaining 
access to established off-road vehicle trails. 
    Subd. 3.  [OPERATION GENERALLY.] A person may not drive or 
operate a vehicle off-road: 
    (1) at a rate of speed greater than is reasonable under the 
surrounding circumstances; 
    (2) in a careless, reckless, or negligent manner which may 
endanger or cause injury or damage to the person or property of 
another; 
    (3) without a functioning stoplight if so equipped; 
    (4) in a tree nursery or planting in a manner that damages 
or destroys growing stock; 
    (5) without a brake operational by either hand or foot; or 
    (6) in a manner that violates rules adopted by the 
commissioner. 
    Subd. 4.  [OPERATION PROHIBITED ON AIRPORTS.] It is 
unlawful for a person to drive or operate an off-road vehicle on 
an airport, as defined in section 360.013, subdivision 5, except 
in connection with the operation of the airport. 
    Subd. 5.  [ORGANIZED CONTESTS.] (a) Nothing in this section 
or chapter 169 prohibits the use of vehicles off-road within the 
right-of-way of a state trunk or county state-aid highway or on 
public lands or waters under the jurisdiction of the 
commissioner in an organized contest or event, subject to the 
consent of the official or board having jurisdiction over the 
highway or public lands or waters. 
    (b) In permitting the contest or event, the official or 
board having jurisdiction must obtain the commissioner's 
approval and may prescribe restrictions or conditions it 
considers advisable. 
    Subd. 6.  [REGULATION BY POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS.] (a) 
Subject to paragraphs (b) and (c), a county, city, or town 
acting through its governing body may regulate the operation of 
off-road vehicles on public lands, waters, and property under 
its jurisdiction, other than public road rights-of-way within 
its boundaries, by ordinance of the governing body and by giving 
appropriate notice. 
    (b) The ordinance must be consistent with sections 1 to 9 
and rules adopted under section 4. 
    (c) An ordinance may not impose a fee for the use of public 
land or water under the jurisdiction of the department of 
natural resources or another agency of the state, or for the use 
of an access to the public land or water owned by the state, a 
county, or a city. 
    Sec. 9.  [84.805] [PENALTIES.] 
    A person who violates any provision of sections 1 to 8 is 
guilty of a misdemeanor. 
    Sec. 10.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 85.018, 
subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
    Subdivision 1.  [DEFINITIONS.] For the purposes of this 
section: 
    (a) "Trail" means a recreational trail, which is funded in 
whole or in part by state grants-in-aid to a local unit of 
government "All-terrain vehicle" has the meaning given in 
section 84.92, subdivision 8.  
    (b) "Commissioner" means the commissioner of the state 
agency from which the grants-in-aid are received.  
    (c) "Off-road vehicle" has the meaning given in section 1, 
subdivision 7. 
    (d) "Snowmobile" has the meaning given in section 84.81, 
subdivision 3. 
    (e) "Trail" means a recreational trail that is funded in 
whole or in part by state grants-in-aid to a local unit of 
government. 
    Sec. 11.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 85.018, 
subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 2.  [AUTHORITY OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT.] (a) A local 
government unit that receives state grants-in-aid for any trail, 
with the concurrence of the commissioner, and the landowner or 
land lessee, may: 
    (1) designate the trail for use by snowmobiles or for 
nonmotorized use from December 1 to April 1 of any year; and 
    (2) issue any permit required under subdivisions 3 to 5. 
    (b) A local government unit that receives state 
grants-in-aid under section 7, subdivision 2, or section 84.927, 
subdivision 2, for any trail, with the concurrence of the 
commissioner, and landowner or land lessee, may: 
    (1) designate the trail specifically for use at various 
times of the year by all-terrain or off-road vehicles, for 
nonmotorized use such as ski touring, snowshoeing, and hiking, 
and for multiple use, but not for motorized and nonmotorized use 
at the same time; and 
    (2) issue any permit required under subdivisions 3 to 5. 
    (c) A local unit of government that receives state 
grants-in-aid for any trail, with the concurrence of the 
commissioner and landowner or land lessee, may designate certain 
trails for joint use by snowmobiles and, all-terrain and 
off-road vehicles. 
    Sec. 12.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 85.018, 
subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 3.  [MOTORIZED USE; PERMITS, RESTRICTIONS.] Permits 
may be issued for motorized vehicles, other than those 
designated, to use a trail designated for use by snowmobiles or, 
all-terrain or off-road vehicles.  Notice of the permit must be 
conspicuously posted, at the expense of the permit holder, at no 
less than one-half mile intervals along the trail, for the 
duration of the permit.  Permits shall require that permit 
holders return the trail and any associated facility to their 
original condition if any damage is done by the permittee.  
Limited permits for special events such as races may be issued 
and shall require the removal of any trail markers, banners and 
other material used in connection with the special event.  
    Sec. 13.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 85.018, 
subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 5.  [SNOWMOBILE AND ALL-TERRAIN MOTORIZED VEHICLE 
TRAILS RESTRICTED.] (a) From December 1 to April 1 in any year 
no use of a motorized vehicle other than a snowmobile, unless 
authorized by permit, lease or easement, shall be permitted on a 
trail designated for use by snowmobiles. 
    (b) From December 1 to April 1 in any year no use of a 
motorized vehicle other than an all-terrain or off-road vehicle, 
unless authorized by permit, shall be permitted on a trail 
designated for use by all-terrain vehicles, off-road vehicles, 
or both. 
    Sec. 14.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 171.03, is 
amended to read: 
    171.03 [PERSONS EXEMPT.] 
    The following persons are exempt from license hereunder: 
    (1) a person in the employ or service of the United States 
federal government while driving or operating a motor vehicle 
owned by or leased to the United States federal government, 
except that only a noncivilian operator of a commercial motor 
vehicle owned or leased by the United States Department of 
Defense or the Minnesota national guard is exempt from the 
requirement to possess a valid commercial motor vehicle driver's 
license; 
    (2) any person while driving or operating any farm tractor, 
or implement of husbandry temporarily operated or moved on a 
highway, and for purposes of this section an all-terrain 
vehicle, as defined in section 84.92, subdivision 8, is not an 
implement and an off-road vehicle, as defined in section 1, 
subdivision 7, are not implements of husbandry; 
    (3) a nonresident who is at least 15 years of age and who 
has in immediate possession a valid driver's license issued to 
the nonresident in the home state or country may operate a motor 
vehicle in this state only as a driver; 
    (4) a nonresident who has in immediate possession a valid 
commercial driver's license issued by a state in compliance with 
the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986, United States 
Code, title 49, sections 521, 2304, and 2701 to 2716, and who is 
operating in Minnesota the class of commercial motor vehicle 
authorized by the issuing state; 
     (5) any nonresident who is at least 18 years of age, whose 
home state or country does not require the licensing of drivers 
may operate a motor vehicle as a driver, only for a period of 
not more than 90 days in any calendar year if the motor vehicle 
so operated is duly registered for the current calendar year in 
the home state or country of such nonresident; 
      (6) any person who becomes a resident of the state of 
Minnesota and who has in possession a valid driver's license 
issued to the person under and pursuant to the laws of some 
other state or province or by military authorities of the United 
States may operate a motor vehicle as a driver, only for a 
period of not more than 60 days after becoming a resident of 
this state without being required to have a Minnesota driver's 
license as provided in this chapter; 
      (7) any person who becomes a resident of the state of 
Minnesota and who has in possession a valid commercial driver's 
license issued by another state in compliance with the 
Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986, United States Code, 
title 49, sections 521, 2304, and 2701 to 2716, for not more 
than 30 days after becoming a resident of this state; and 
      (8) any person operating a snowmobile, as defined in 
section 84.81.  
    Sec. 15.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 466.03, 
subdivision 16, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 16.  Any claim against a county, arising from the 
operation of an all-terrain vehicle, as defined in section 
84.92, subdivision 8, or an off-road vehicle, as defined in 
section 1, subdivision 7, on land administered by a county under 
chapter 280, 281, or 282, except that the county is liable for 
conduct that would entitle a trespasser to damages against a 
private person. 
    Sec. 16.  [DETERMINATION OF TAX ALLOCATION; REPORT TO 
LEGISLATURE.] 
    The commissioners of natural resources, revenue, and 
transportation shall jointly determine the amount of unrefunded 
gasoline tax attributable to off-road vehicle use in the state 
and shall report to the legislature by March 1, 1994, with a 
proposed revision to Minnesota Statutes, section 296.16, to 
reflect the results of this determination. 
    Sec. 17.  [LEGISLATIVE REPORT ON REGISTRATION AND USE.] 
    By January 1, 1995, the commissioner of natural resources 
shall report to the legislature on the number of off-road 
vehicles registered under section 2 and the growth patterns of 
off-road vehicle use in the state. 
    Sec. 18.  [COMPREHENSIVE RECREATIONAL USE PLAN; LEGISLATIVE 
REPORT.] 
    By January 1, 1995, the commissioner of natural resources 
shall report to the legislature on the development of, and shall 
develop a comprehensive plan for the management of, off-road 
vehicle use in the outdoor recreation system and on other public 
lands and waters, including forest and other recreational or 
scenic areas, forest roads, and trails used by or suitable for 
use by all or particular types of off-road vehicles, that are 
under the jurisdiction of the department of natural resources.  
The plan, at a minimum, must set forth methods, criteria, 
standards, and timetables for: 
    (1) the inventorying, by appropriate means, of areas, 
forest roads, and trails in the outdoor recreation system and 
other public lands and waters used by or suitable for use by 
off-road vehicles; 
    (2) the identification and evaluation of the suitability of 
areas, forest roads, and trails to sustain off-road vehicle use; 
    (3) the preservation of easements granted for public use by 
off-road vehicles when land is exchanged or reclassified; 
    (4) the designation by appropriate means of areas, forest 
roads, and trails for unrestricted or restricted off-road 
vehicle use, or as closed to off-road vehicle use, including by 
posting, issuance of maps, or fencing; and 
    (5) the development of resource management plans to 
maintain unrestricted or restricted areas, forest roads, or 
trails and to restore or reconstruct damaged areas, forest 
roads, or trails, including consideration of the social, 
economic, and environmental impact of off-road vehicle use. 
    Sec. 19.  [APPROPRIATIONS; REIMBURSEMENT; INCREASED 
COMPLEMENT.] 
    (a) $150,000 is appropriated from the general fund to the 
commissioner of natural resources for the purposes of sections 1 
to 18 and is available for the fiscal year ending June 30, 
1994.  The approved complement of the department of natural 
resources is increased by 1 position. 
    (b) $124,000 is appropriated from the off-road vehicle 
account to the commissioner of natural resources for the 
purposes of sections 1 to 18 and is available for the fiscal 
year ending June 30, 1995. 
    (c) Amounts spent by the commissioner of natural resources 
from the appropriation in paragraph (a) must be reimbursed by 
June 30, 1995, to the general fund.  The amount necessary to 
make the reimbursement is appropriated from the off-road vehicle 
account in the natural resources fund to the commissioner of 
finance for transfer to the general fund. 
    Sec. 20.  [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 
    Section 16 is effective the day following final enactment. 
    Presented to the governor May 17, 1993 
    Signed by the governor May 20, 1993, 2:10 p.m.