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By SUSAN HAIGH, Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut environmental conservation groups are urging Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to veto a bill they say could lead to all-terrain vehicle use on state-owned lands.

The Connecticut Audubon Society and other environmental conservation groups are upset about a last-minute move to change a bill that would have increased penalties for unlawful use of ATVs and dirt bikes on public streets.

In the final hours of the legislative session, which ended June 5, language was inserted that requires the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to carry out an ATV policy for state lands that was adopted in 2002 but never implemented.

Penalties for illegal ATV use on public streets are now missing from the bill.

The Audubon Society says ATVs can injure and kill wildlife, such as ground-nesting birds.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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