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Clock is Ticking on Plan to Merge Trail Pass with Registration
The proposal to merge the $15 registration fee with the $15 user permit fee required for residents to
ride their snowmobiles in Iowa has stalled before the Senate Ways and Means Committee.
Passed by the Iowa House in 2017 and backed by the ISSA Board of Directors, the measure calls for
the consolidation of both stickers into one $30 decal.
Since the Iowa Legislature convened in January, House File 628 has not moved out of committee but
has been assigned to a subcommittee. If the bill does not see the light of day, the measure will not be
eligible for consideration this year.
Sen. Randy Feenstra, R-Hull, chair of the Ways and Means Committee, serves on the subcommittee
along with Sen. Behn (R-Boone) and Sen. Dotzler (D-Waterloo). Snowmobilers in those areas are urged
to contact these legislators to move the bill forward.
"We need contacts from their constituents supporting the bill," ISSA Lobbyist Mike Heller said in his
weekly update to the board March 16. "The Ways and Means Committee met this week and voted out bills
allowing fee increases. We need to get the subcommittee to meet and consider our legislation. Time is
running short. Legislators would like to adjourn in early to mid April."
****Trail Sign Orders due May 1. Download form here.****
****Award Nominations due June 1. Download forms here.****
Tucker Hibbert (68) dominated the second annual snocross event at Sundown Mountain Resort in
Dubuque March 9-10, sweeping both Pro Finals and claiming three of the four heat races there. Click
here for link to his YouTube video from Iowa. More from the weekend will be featured in the September
issue of the Iowa Snowmobiler magazine.
Travel Plans Ahead for ISSA Officials
Officers and directors from the ISSA will be travelling this spring to represent Iowa snowmobiling
interests on the national and international stage.
In April, local leaders fly to Washington, D.C., to participate in the American Council of Snowmobile
Associations (ACSA) annual D.C. Fly-In. After that, they travel to Nova Scotia for the 50th Annual
International Snowmobile Congress (ISC) in June.
Each event is filled with guest speakers and meetings related to the sport of snowmobiling. In D.C.,
participants will meet with their respective representatives on Capitol Hill, and at ISC, leaders from state,
provincial and international snowmobile associations will gather to develop strategies on preserving
access and funding for snowmobiling.
ISSA President Chris Willey (or his designee) will represent Iowa on the International Snowmobile
Council as well as during meetings with the full ACSA board and the Midwest Chapter of ACSA.
The American Council of Snowmobile
Associations (ACSA) is once again selling its
fundraising raffle calendars. Only 3,000
calendars have been printed for 2018, and
winners for cash and other prizes worth a
combined $14,500 are drawn for each day.
The odds of winning are 1:8.
To purchase a calendar, contact Past ISSA
President Jim Willey at Jim.Willey@camso.co
or the ACSA office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Campout Host Needed for this Summer
The ISSA is soliciting bids from its member clubs to host the 2018 Summer Campout, normally held in
As always, the ISSA provides $200 in incentive money to the host club, and as much as $600 in
expenses can be reimbursed through the ISSA.
Last summer, the Butler County Snow Snoops of Region 4 stepped forward to host, and everyone had a
great time at Camp Comfort near Greene. Events can be as simple or elaborate as desired.
If your club is interested in hosting this year’s campout, please reach out to your ISSA Region Director
or contact ISSA President Chris Willey at (563) 920-9010 or email@example.com to submit a bid.