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Fee relief wanted for small snowmobiles

ST. PAUL -- Minnesota House and Senate committees have begun the process of lowering or eliminating state registration fees for small snowmobiles. A House committee approved a bill to drop the registration costs for the snowmobiles, usually used ...

ST. PAUL - Minnesota House and Senate committees have begun the process of lowering or eliminating state registration fees for small snowmobiles.
A House committee approved a bill to drop the registration costs for the snowmobiles, usually used by youths learning to ride, from $45 to $6 every three years. A Senate bill would require a one-time registration fee, but Sen. Tom Bakk, D-Cook, said he is willing to remove the fee from his bill all together.
โ€œIt seems a bit unreasonable to charge the same registration fee for those that donโ€™t travel on trails,โ€ Bakk said.
He said that since most of the small snowmobiles are used on private land, โ€œthere probably are a lot of them that are not registered.โ€
The snowmobiles have smaller engines and usually can travel no faster than 10 miles an hour.
Rep. David Dill, D-Crane Lake, said his bill is similar to that offered by Bakk and would be for small snowmobiles not used on public trails.

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