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It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1. 23 V.S.A. § 3201(8) is added to read:

(8) "Public land" means all land that is either owned or controlled by a local, state or federal governmental body.

Sec. 2. 23 V.S.A. § 3202(a) and (f) are amended to read:

(a) A person shall not operate a snowmobile unless registered and numbered by the state of Vermont or other state or province *[offering registration reciprocity]* and displays a valid Vermont trails maintenance assessment decal adjacent to the registration decal on the left side of the snowmobile in accordance with this chapter, except when operated:

(1) on the property of the owner of the snowmobile; or

(2) off the highway, in a ski area while being used for the purpose of packing snow or in rescue operations; or

(3) for official use by a federal, state or municipal agency and only if the snowmobile is identified with the name or seal of the agency in a manner approved by the commissioner; or

(4) solely on privately owned land when the operator has the written consent of the owner, or his or her agent, of the property.

(f) Reciprocity *[required]*. The commissioner may grant registration reciprocity to snowmobiles registered in other states or provinces upon recommendation of the Governors Snowmobile Council and the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers, Inc.; or its successor. The granting of reciprocal areas of use as provided in this act is not contingent upon reciprocity being granted to Vermont registrants by *[the]* other states and provinces *[enumerated in subsections (e) and (g) of this section]*.


This act shall take effect upon passage.

Approved: March 8, 1997