Maryland Becomes Second State to Pass Motorcyclist Anti-Profiling Law
May 24, 2016
WASHINGTON, DC – The motorcyclists of Maryland counted a major victory last week when Governor Larry Hogan signed a bill into law that would expressly prohibit the profiling of motorcyclists within the state. At the signing ceremony were members of ABATE of Maryland, the Maryland Confederation of Clubs, and Motorcycle Riders Foundation. The teamwork, cooperation and hard work by these organizations ensured swift passage of the measure.
"The unanimous passage of this legislation through both chambers is a direct result of well thought out strategic positioning, thorough lobbying and a truly unified motorcycle community,” stated Bill “Colt” Kaitz from the Maryland Confederation of Clubs and Co-Founder of the Motorcycle Profiling Project. “We had tremendous support in both chambers and all committees. Our community hopes that this will serve as an example to any state with well documented profiling incidents that with a unified community and intelligent, concentrated effort, this legislation is possible and stands to better the lives of all motorcyclists."
Maryland is now the second state to pass a motorcycle anti-profiling law. Washington state passed related legislation in 2011. Similar activities and advocacy efforts are underway in several other states across the U.S. Federally, the issue has been gaining traction due to the recent Michael ‘Boz’ Kerr Bikers Inside the Beltway event where it was raised before elected officials in Washington, D.C. The Motorcycle Riders Foundation and affiliated individuals and organizations will continue to mount pressure to ensure that unjust motorcycle discrimination is not tolerated.