Sen. Delvin hopes to smooth the bureaucratic bumps for ATV lovers

OLYMPIA-- Tuesday State Sens. Jerome Delvin, R-Richland, and Randi Becker, R- Eatonville, met with representatives of the Washington State Patrol, outdoors enthusiasts, and conservationists from across the state to discuss draft language aimed at producing less cumbersome and more responsible Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) legislation for the 2012 session.

"Removing the barriers to using and enjoying off-road vehicles is very important to the people of the Tri-Cities," said Delvin. "I am pleased we were able to take advantage of the special session - and being in Olympia - to start working on this issue."

The working group discussed issues related to safety, road maintenance and licensing.

"I know there is great interest in this issue in my communities," Becker said. "This was a very productive gathering and I appreciate people taking the time to come to Olympia to let me hear their ideas and concerns."

Meeting attendees included Ted Jackson of Sky Valley Group - Innovative Partnership Zone development; Mitch Friedman, Conservation Northwest; Greg Bafundo, Washington Field Coordinator for Trout Unlimited; Dave Walters, Land Use Coordinator, Tri-Cities Peak Putters 4x4 Club; Jim Putnam, Pacific Northwest Four Wheel Drive Association; Larry Smith, President, Cowlitz Basin ORV Club in Morton; Rick Jensen, Washington State Patrol Troopers Association; Patrick Halstead, NW Motorcycle Association; and Jason Berry, Washington State Patrol.