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Governor Vetoes Bill Which Could Have Opened State-Owned Land To ATVs

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By SUSAN HAIGH, Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is scuttling a bill that opponents warned could allow all-terrain vehicles on state-owned lands across Connecticut.

The Democrat vetoed the legislation on Tuesday, saying ATVs bring “greater potential for degradation or destruction of our unique and delicate natural resources” and any new legislation should be thoughtful and balanced.

Environmental conservation groups urged Malloy to veto the bill, which was changed in the final hours of the legislative session. It required the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to carry out an ATV policy for state lands the agency adopted in 2002 but never implemented.

That old, 27-page policy allowed groups representing ATV enthusiasts to submit proposals for access on state-managed lands or elsewhere. But so far, no formal plans have been submitted that meet DEEP’s standards.

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

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