April 21st Legislative Update…. Senate Companion Bill SB188-Update

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Fellow Snowmobilers:


We now have the Senate’s companion bill number, SB188. This is the companion to our Assembly Bill, AB180.  A notification will be sent out to all club members to call their Senators to support this bill.


The Following Senators co-sponsored SB188: Harsdorf, Cowles, Erpenbach, Hansen, Lemaheiu, Marklein, Olsen, Petrowski, Ringhand, Strobel, Tiffany, Wirch and Bewley. If they are your Senators, please take the time and thank them for their support!  For all others, please call them and ask them to support the bill.


Again, SB188 is the same bill as AB180… It increases the $250 per mile cap for maintenance to $300 per mile along with raising the grooming requirement to qualify for supplemental payments from $150 per mile to $200. In addition, it will eliminate the sunset clause on the trail pass program to provide a permanent funding source for the program. 

To ensure that SB188 receives efficient consideration in the legislature, legislators need to hear from you. Take this opportunity to tell your legislators how SB188 will impact your local snowmobile club and community.


To assist you in communicating with your Senators, below are sample talking points that may be used in an email and/or a phone call. Please personalize these talking points. The contact information for your State Senator is available online here: https://legis.wisconsin.gov/ .  Type your voting address into the “Find My Legislators” search tool on the right side of the page. Here are some talking points for you to use when contacting them:


I am contacting you on behalf of myself, as your constituent, and on behalf of my fellow snowmobilers statewide to urge you to please support SB188, which will help maintain Wisconsin’s snowmobile trails and ensure the continued vitality of the statewide snowmobile program.  SB188 will:

     *Allow local snowmobile clubs to be reimbursed more for per-mile trail maintenance activities, which will help state snowmobile trails remain in excellent condition; and

     *Provide a permanent funding source for the statewide snowmobile program through the highly successful trail pass program;

Please support SB188 and ensure that Wisconsin’s snowmobile program remains a national model!

Thank you for your support!

Why is this important?

All revenue collected from snowmobile registrations, annual trail passes and out of state user sticker fees  (minus 75 cents apiece for printing and distribution) are deposited into our Segregated Snowmobile Trail Aids Fund. We also receive into that segregated fund the fuel tax revenues on 50 gallons of gas per registered snowmobile in our state along with an additional 55% of that figure ( in consideration of out-of-state users) as well. This fund is how the clubs get reimbursed for trail maintenance and grooming. It is also how projects and grants are awarded to clubs and county alliances that include replacing and repairing bridges and trails on our self –funded trail system. We hope to fund more of those club-provided public snowmobile trails in the future as well. These funds truly go to our clubs and trails! While the fund is administered by the DNR, virtually NONE of the money in that segregated fund goes to administration or enforcement!


Thanks to all!


Sam Landes

Executive Director-Dane County 

AWSC Legislative Committee Chair

Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs 

7353 Springhelt Drive

Dane, WI 53529



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