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ATV law steeped in compromise

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OLYMPIA — A new state law that legalizes driving all-terrain vehicles on roads where counties or cities approve it was years in the making, according to lawmakers who sponsored it.

Two of the biggest stumbling blocks involved safety and environmental concerns.

“We had a lot of meetings that brought everybody together. Everybody from Trout Unlimited to the Eastern Washington ATV Association to local officials,” said state Rep. Matt Shae, a Republican from Spokane and a prime sponsor of the bill.

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