March 19, 2014

The CAP/STEP initiative (2013 Wisconsin Act 142), so vital to the future of snowmobiling in Wisconsin, is based upon highly successful programs currently operating in the states of New Hampshire and New York.

CAP/STEP is designed to generate revenue for Wisconsin's Snowmobile Program while providing an incentive for sled owners to become active members of local clubs.

  • A modified version of CAP/STEP, introduced by Representatives Mary Czaja and Chris Danou is now online.  Assembly Bill 407
  • The Senate version, introduced by Senators Richard Gudex and Robert Jauch is also available online.   Senate Bill 343
On March 19, 2014, Governor Walker signed Assembly Bill 407, the CAP/STEP Initiative.  The measure is now 2013 Wisconsin Act 142 and will go into effect on July 1, 2015 and is designed to accomplish the following:

  • Creates a two-tiered trail pass requirement at an annual cost of $30/non-member and $10/club & AWSC member.
  • Provides a free annual trail pass sticker to be displayed on sleds 30 years and older.
  • Increases the non-resident trail pass fee from current $35/year to $50/year.
  • Moves to a $30/3 year registration fee structure.
  • Includes a 4-year sunset clause which requires evaluation prior to renewal of this law.

CAP/STEP Hearings

Statements of AWSC members who testified during the November 11, 2013 hearing on AB407 are below. Click on the name of the person to view their testimony.

Mike Holden

 AWSC Director - Sheboygan  County

Mike Giese

 AWSC Director - Winnebago  County  

Gary Hilgendorf

 AWSC Rep - Lincoln  County  

Jim Smedegard  

 AWSC Rep - Burnett County

Leon Wolfe

 AWSC Director - Lafayette County

Kris Krause

 Yellow Thunder Club President

Alexus Butler

 2012-2013 AWSC Miss Snowflake

Dave Newman

 AWSC Vice President

To view the video hearing on AB407, click the following link:

October, 2013 Update

Following are links to the three legislative committees which may act on CAP/STEP bills immediately, or in the future.  There is also a link to help you determine who your legislators are, for those that may not be aware.

The AWSC urges you to be courteous and to contact only those legislators who represent you. 
Assembly Tourism   http://legis.wisconsin.gov/Pages/comm-info.aspx?c=1113
Senate Agriculture, Small Business & Tourism  http://legis.wisconsin.gov/Pages/comm-info.aspx?c=1048
Joint Committee on Finance http://legis.wisconsin.gov/lfb/jfc/Pages/default.aspx
Who Are My Legislators? http://legis.wisconsin.gov/Pages/waml.aspx 



October 4, 2013

Governer's Council Actions of 10/3/13

September 30, 2013

September 30, 2013 Memo to AWSC Clubs

September 24, 2013

Today legislators will receive a proposal to co-author LRB-2943 as offered by Rep. Mary Czaja and Sen. Richard Gudex. To view the corresponding documents, please click on the links below:

Legislative Memo September 24 2013
CAP/STEP Modifications