Wisconsin Act 142

The Wisconsin Legislative Council Act Memo provides a brief description of Wisconsin Act 142.  To read this memo, please click here.  For more detailed information, consult the text of the law and related legislative documents at the Legislature's Web site at http:/ / www.legis.wisconsin.gov


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
CAP/STEP Legislation Signed into Law

Governor Walker signs Assembly Bill 407 into law on March 19, 2014,
creating 2013 Wisconsin Act 142. He is joined by (left to right) Rep. Bob
Swearingen, Rep. Mary Williams, Emily Loe (aide to Rep. Czaja), Rep.Mary
Czaja, Sen. Richard Gudex, Dan Perchinsky (aide to Rep. Swearingen)
and Tim Lakin (Chief of Staff to Sen. Gudex).

CAP/STEPSigned into Law

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.

Click on "Message from Governer Walker"

CAP/STEP Hearings

Statements of AWSC members who testified during the November 11, 2013 hearing on AB407 are below. 

Mike Holden

 AWSC Director - Sheboygan  County


Mike Geise

 AWSC Director - Winnebago  County  

Gary Hilgendorf

 AWSC Rep - Lincoln  County 

Jim Smedegard

 AWSC Rep - Burnett County

Leon Wolff

 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: