House Passes Off-Road Friendly EXPLORE Act, Heads to Senate

Photo: SEMA
Photo: SEMA

Great news for off-road enthusiasts! The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the Expanding Public Lands Outdoor Recreation Experiences Act (EXPLORE Act), a bill championed by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA).

The EXPLORE Act (H.R. 6492) aims to boost access and enjoyment of public lands for off-road recreation. Here’s a breakdown of what this means for racers and outdoor enthusiasts:

  • More Off-Road Opportunities: The bill directs the Forest Service and BLM to create more designated areas for off-road recreation on public lands.
  • Streamlined Permits: Say goodbye to expensive and complex permit processes! The EXPLORE Act aims to simplify obtaining special recreation permits for off-road groups.
  • Improved Access for All: This isn’t just about off-roading. The legislation also calls for increased opportunities for non-motorized recreation on public lands.
  • Transparency and Safety: The bill directs the BLM and Forest Service to develop clear maps showing designated off-roading areas, promoting responsible recreation.

With bipartisan support, the EXPLORE Act passed the House with a strong voice vote. Now, it heads to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) Committee for further consideration.

This legislation builds upon the America’s Outdoor Recreation Act of 2023 (AORA) passed by the Senate ENR Committee last year. Notably, the EXPLORE Act incorporates key provisions from AORA that benefit the off-road recreation community.

SEMA President and CEO Mike Spagnola expressed gratitude to the bill’s sponsors, Chairman Westerman and Ranking Member Grijalva, for their efforts. He emphasized the importance of the EXPLORE Act for off-road enthusiasts, highlighting the streamlined permitting process and increased access to designated riding areas.

The EXPLORE Act represents a significant step towards promoting responsible and accessible outdoor recreation for all. Stay tuned to [invalid URL removed] for further updates on the bill’s progress in the Senate.

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