- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 3, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - The House has passed a bill repealing a 2013 law barring state and local law officers from enforcing off-highway vehicle laws on closed federal lands.

House Bill 2365 by Rep. Bob Thorpe of Flagstaff received approval on a 57-3 vote Tuesday and now moves to the Senate.

The 2013 law was enacted in response to the federal government’s closure of forest roads and trails and made state OHV laws unenforceable in those areas. County sheriffs normally enforce state laws under agreements with the federal government.

That law was championed by Republican Sen. Chester Crandell of Heber to protest roads being closed to hunters and other recreational users. Crandell died Aug. 4 in a horseback riding accident.

Thorpe says Arizona Game and Fish officials asked him to sponsor the bill.

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