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Iowa Senate bill would allow ATV road travel

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 11, 2013 at 4:53 pm •  Published: April 11, 2013

Sen. Tod Bowman, who sponsored the bill, said the proposal came from his constituents in Jackson County, who wanted to set up ATV trails that came into contact with public roads.

"The county is resistant because of the liability part of it," said Bowman, D-Maquoketa.

Sen. Jerry Behn, R-Boone, said he doesn't want to take power away from local government that could choose to pass a city ordinance permitting ATV road use under current state law.

"As a former supervisor, I've never liked it when the state came in and told us what we had to do," he said.

Bowman said he will propose the $50 fee be given to the Road Use Tax Fund so it can be used to maintain Iowa's road infrastructure. The fee under the House bill would go into the state general fund as a sales tax.