A dirt bike race. Photo via Pixabay

A measure by Senator Brian Jones to save racing by dirt bikes and ATVs on public lands in California was approved Wednesday by the state Senate.

The Santee Republican’s bill replaces the “Red Sticker” program administered by the California Air Resources Board that allowed competition off-highway vehicles to operate in the state.

Senate Bill 227, which passed on a vote of 26-8, creates a new program under the state Department of Parks and Recreation.

“I sincerely appreciate the strong backing our measure has received from a bipartisan majority of senators,” said Jones. “OHV stakeholders, government agencies, and many others have worked the last couple of years on this issue.”

“OHV competitions are a key part of the recreational economies in rural and suburban California and this measure will keep competitions operating throughout the state,” added Jones, whose district includes the popular off-road sites in the Anza-Borrego Desert.

The legislation, which is cosponsored by the Coalition for Public Access and the California Motorcycle Dealers Association, goes next to the state Assembly.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.