(WIBX) - The New York State Senate passed two bills which should make it easier for drivers to register and use ATV's in New York State.

The legal weight limit for "all terrain vehicles" has been raised from 1,000 to 1,500 pounds. This would allow utility vehicles, which are a bit larger than typical ATV's, to be registered.

The Senate also passed a bill which would permit farmers to use ATV's to cross public roads when they have property on both sides of the street.

Both bills have been sent to the Assembly.