Tag: legislative

2016 Recreational Trails Program

The Baker-Polito Administration announced the awarding of 30 Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Grants for projects in local communities throughout the state totaling $1,052,985. The RTP grants, ranging from $500 to $100,000 depending on the scope of the project, serve as ...Read more

Published on September 24, 2016 in Awards, News & Updates
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Contact Senate President Rosenberg (Larry Tucker)

SAM’s legislative bill S1955 currently resides in the Senate Ways and Means Committee. It needs to be moved out of committee for action ASAP. We need your help. How can you impact our bill? You should write, email, snail mail, ...Read more

Published on September 14, 2016 in Legislative Affairs, News & Updates
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Effective Engagement with Members of Congress

Effective Engagement with Members of Congress for snowmobile enthusiasts  By Ed Klim, President, International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association. For the past 15 years I have felt it necessary to make regular trips to Washington DC to promote snowmobile enthusiasts’ access to public ...Read more

Published on December 9, 2015 in Guest Columns, News & Updates
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SAM Legislative Team Scores Touchdown: Vintage Snowmobile Bill Passes (Larry Tucker)

The New England Patriot won the Super Bowl. But the Patriots are not the only ones scoring touchdowns, your legislative team also just put one over the goal line. SAM Vintage Snowmobile Bill Passes!: On January 8th, 2015, your Snowmobile ...Read more

Published on March 16, 2015 in Legislative Affairs, News & Updates
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Matthew A. Beaton, Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Snowmobiles

Matthew A. Beaton, the Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEA), snowmobiles with key members of the Snowmobile Association of Massachusetts and the Harvard Snowmobile Club. Tony Shaw, a SAM Board of Director and President of the Harvard Snowmobile ...Read more

Published on March 10, 2015 in Legislative Affairs, News & Updates
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Massachusetts Vintage Snowmobile Registration Law

The Vintage Snowmobile Registration legislation filed by the Snowmobile Association of Massachusetts was signed by Governor Patrick and is now law. SAM’s bill H.3858 can now be referred to as Chapter 502 of the Acts of 2014. There are a ...Read more

Published on January 11, 2015 in News & Updates, Vintage
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Final Push for Snowmobile Legislation in Massachusetts

We are fast approaching the end of the current two-year Massachusetts legislative session that began back in January 2013. Since that time the Snowmobile Association of Massachusetts has been working to get our two bills passed before the December 31 ...Read more

Published on December 7, 2014 in Legislative Affairs, News & Updates
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Vote Tuesday November 4

Remember to Vote on Tuesday November 4. Polling hours are 7am until 8pm. Your vote as a snowmobiler in Massachusetts can greatly impact the outcome of the election. Think about this: There are approximately 15,000 to 20,000 snowmobilers in the ...Read more

Published on November 2, 2014 in Legislative Affairs, News & Updates
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Surcharge on Massachusetts Snowmobile Registrations

A new 10% surcharge on recreational vehicle registrations in Massachusetts was added to the state budget, costing snowmobilers, ATV riders and boaters an additional $4. The increase went into effect September 1. The sledmass crew first got a whiff of ...Read more

Published on October 8, 2014 in In The News, News & Updates
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National Forest Designation Public Meetings

Do you support or oppose land being designated as National Forest in Massachusetts? There is a proposal by the state and the U.S. Forest Service that would provide federal funds to expand forestry activities on privately owned land. Those lands ...Read more

Published on February 10, 2014 in General Announcements, National, News & Updates
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Snowmobiles and Land Partnerships in Massachusetts (Larry Tucker)

The Snowmobile Association of Massachusetts has worked to create an awareness of SAM among public and private land agencies. Over the last couple of years SAM has established relationships with land trusts, has partnered with a land trust to purchase ...Read more

Published on January 26, 2014 in Guest Columns, Legislative Affairs, News & Updates
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Senate Amendment Would Remove RTP Funds From Trails

The Coalition for Recreational Trails and The Blue Ribbon Coalition are asking that you contact your U.S. Senators in regards to Recreational Trails Program (RTP) money being diverted away from trail use.  UPDATE 08/04/13 Thanks to everyone who took action. ...Read more

Published on July 25, 2013 in In The News, Legislative Affairs, National, News & Updates
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DCR Volunteers in Parks Program Guide Draft

The DCR released a draft of their newly proposed policy as it relates to volunteers and non-profit organizations working at DCR properties. All snowmobile clubs should review the document and comment, both to the DCR and the Snowmobile Association of Massachusetts. ...Read more

Published on June 23, 2013 in General Announcements, In The News, News & Updates
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Comment on Yellowstone Proposed Rule for Winter Use

SITUATION The National Park Service (NPS) has announced the release of a Proposed Rule concerning winter use inYellowstone National Park for public review and comment. This rulemaking process is in addition to the Final Winter Use Plan/Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement ...Read more

Published on June 14, 2013 in Legislative Affairs, National, News & Updates, Snowmobile Travel
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Legislator of the Year: Rep. Stephen Kulik

The Snowmobile Association of Massachusetts recognizes the legislative accomplishments of Representative Stephen Kulik, 1st Franklin District. His reputation, combined with his record of public service, is defined in his honesty, integrity, and effectiveness for the people of Western Massachusetts. Representative ...Read more

Published on April 20, 2013 in Awards, News & Updates
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The Legislative Cliff (Larry Tucker)

Well, the world did not end in 2012 and we did not fall off a fiscal cliff. Though, if you were like me, you probably heard the buzzwords “Mayan calendar,” “fiscal cliff,” and “kick the can,” one too many times. ...Read more

Published on February 3, 2013 in Guest Columns, News & Updates
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New Directions for Legislation (Lawrence Tucker)

Wow, that was a great International Snowmobile Congress that I had the pleasure of attending in Sturbridge. The variety of educational seminars, the setting at the Sturbridge Hotel and the grooming display and information available all made this one of ...Read more

Published on October 24, 2012 in Guest Columns, Legislative Affairs, News & Updates
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American Council of Snowmobile Associations E-News (Christine Jourdain)

Snowmobilers on Capitol Hill Snowmobilers from 20 states (including SAM members) were in Washington, DC March 17-20 to “Tell the Truth About Snowmobiling.” This is the 13th Annual Snowmobile Fly-In. Sunday was a day for meetings! The Western and Midwest ...Read more

Published on March 27, 2012 in Legislative Affairs, National, News & Updates
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ACSA Fly-In to Washington DC (Randy Toth)

SAM President Dan Gould and Legislative Chairman Randy Toth attended the American Council of Snowmobile Associations (ACSA) annual Washington DC Fly-In from March 17 through March 20, 2012. To be more accurate we actually went via AMTRAK. On Sunday the ...Read more

Published on March 25, 2012 in Guest Columns, Legislative Affairs, National, News & Updates
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American Council of Snowmobile Associations E-News (Christine Jourdain)

RTP Update We are excited to report that the Manager’s Amendment to the Senate transportation bill, containing a modified version of U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s amendment continuing the Recreational Trails Program essentially unchanged, was accepted this afternoon on the Senate ...Read more

Published on March 14, 2012 in In The News, National, News & Updates
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American Council of Snowmobile Associations E-News (Christine Jourdain)

RTP Update: Hopefully by now, you all know about the Recreational Trails Program. This program is funded by the federal gas tax dollars you pay every time you fill your snowmobile or other OHV. This program is housed in the ...Read more

Published on March 5, 2012 in Legislative Affairs, National, News & Updates
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Call To Action: RTP in Jeopardy

Every State Snowmobile Association in the country has come to rely on funds from the Recreational Trails Program (RTP). This program is funded by you, the snowmobiler, every time you put gas in your sled. A portion of the federal ...Read more

Published on February 14, 2012 in General Announcements, Legislative Affairs, News & Updates
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American Council of Snowmobile Associations E-News (Christine Jourdain)

Victory for Snowmobilers ACSA partnered with the Michigan Snowmobile Association to fight the efforts of a single person to ban snowmobiling and gun hunting in the Huron Manistee National Forest. This week the Forest Service relased their Record of Decision ...Read more

Published on February 5, 2012 in Legislative Affairs, National, News & Updates
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American Council of Snowmobile Associations E-News

RTP Update The future of RTP is bleak. This is not new news to you – RTP has been extended a number of times during the past several months. It was last extended through March 31st. There is a national ...Read more

Published on January 20, 2012 in Legislative Affairs, National, News & Updates
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Friends of Snowmobiling Supports Recreational Freedom

The Friends of Snowmobiling Political Action Committee (FOSPAC) was initiated by the snowmobile community in response to our desire to continue the family snowmobiling tradition we have created here in the United States. Snowmobiling access is consistently under attack and ...Read more

Published on June 29, 2011 in General Announcements, Legislative Affairs, News & Updates
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Urgent Action Needed to Fund Recreational Trails Program!

SAM members need to contact their U.S. Congressman and ask that they support the Recreational Trail Program (RTP). Losing RTP would be disastrous to the clubs that use the program to purchase grooming equipment and fund other projects that improve ...Read more

Published on April 11, 2011 in General Announcements, Legislative Affairs, News & Updates
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SAM Visits Washington D.C.

Henry Burton, Legislative Correspondent for Congressman John Olver, meets with Randy Toth, Legislative Committee Chair for the Snowmobile Association of Massachusetts, during a visit to Washington D.C. on March 29, 2011. Randy was discussing the importance of the Recreation Trails ...Read more

Published on March 30, 2011 in General Announcements, Legislative Affairs, National, News & Updates
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American Council of Snowmobile Associations E-News

Spring Shows Scheduled: The Snowmobile Manufacturers have scheduled their spring shows!  Mark your calendars and plan to attend to get a sneak peak at what the 2012 sleds have to offer. Arctic Cat, Polaris and Yamaha will be introducing their ...Read more

Published on March 8, 2011 in General Announcements, National, News & Updates
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Organizations! (Larry Tucker)

(The photo above depicts the founding fathers of SAM viewing a new piece of equipment that was purchased to send newsletters to members in 1972.) I hope that by now you have all seen billions of the “white flakes” in ...Read more

Published on January 26, 2011 in Guest Columns, Legislative Affairs, News & Updates
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News from American Council of Snowmobile Associations

ACSA’s 2011 eBay Charity Auction is LIVE! Items are listed and bids are currently being accepted. There are items from gift certificates to lodging to riding gear to a snowmobile trailer. Additional items are being added daily. 100% of the proceeds will go to ACSA ...Read more

Published on January 25, 2011 in Legislative Affairs, National, News & Updates
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