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Legislative Update - July 2017

Who Are You?

I have a tendency to gravitate towards the classic rock stations whenever I want to listen to music. I truly love the blues (Clapton, Allman Brothers, Stevie Ray Vaughn, etc) and the southern rock genre. I was thinking about what to write about for this issue of the Masterlink when The Who came on.

“Well, who are you?
I really want to know.
Tell me, who are you?
‘Cause I really want to know.”
But what does that really mean?

THE BEGINNINGS

The concept of ABATE began with Lou Kimzey, editor of Easyriders magazine in 1972. He and others saw the need for bikers to organize to fight against federal and state restrictions on motorcycling. Some 35 years later, most states have a state motorcyclists' rights organizations (SMRO), either called ABATE or some other name. October 1977 Lou Kimzey and Easyriders were relinquishing the organization to the people attending the meeting in Sacramento. In fact, there are 35 ABATE organizations in our country. ABATE is an acronym which originally stood for "A Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactments.” I like that acronym. It makes me think that we are warriors against those who want to limit our freedoms.

Did you know that the word abate comes from the Old French verb “abattre”, “to beat down” and means to reduce or become less intense or numerous. So you can either think of ABATE as A Brotherhood Aimed Towards Education or use it like a verb to reduce limits on our freedoms.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN ARIZONA

  • 1992 Opened HOV lanes to motorcycles
  • 1993 Helped prevent mandatory helmet legislation in Arizona
  • 1997 Established handlebar height elevation to shoulder height
  • 2001 Established Motorcycle Safety Fund
  • 2002 Established Arizona Motorcycle Safety Council
  • 2004 Established veteran plates for motorcycles
  • 2007 Eliminated yearly motorcycle emissions testing in Pima County
  • 2007 Removed cap on Motorcycle Safety Fund
  • 2013 Eliminated yearly motorcycle emissions testing in Maricopa County
  • 2015 Eliminated restriction on handlebar height
  • 2017 Successfully prevented mandatory helmet legislation
  • 2017 Reestablished Motorcycle Safety Fund for 5 years
  • 2017 Helped pass the Teen texting bill
  • 2017 Helped pass the Civil Forfeiture changes

Did you realize that ABATE had a hand in all of that? Did you know that ABATE of Arizona has been fighting for motorcyclists since 1989? It’s who we are.

COMMUNITY SUPPORT

ABATE of Arizona isn’t just about fighting bad legislation. We also support and are involved in numerous charities around the state and nationally. This includes the Fisher House in Tucson, many American Legion posts around the state, toy runs, raising money for downed bikers, local school backpack drives, Run for the Wall, many veteran causes, breast cancer fundraising, etc. I could go on and on and on. ABATE of Arizona is a giving organization.

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD?

I am not a fortune teller by any means. I don’t even know what tomorrow will bring. I do know that, as long as I am your state lobbyist, I will continue to fight for our collective freedoms and liberties in any way I can. I will continue to encourage all of the ABATE membership to be more involved in the political process and in their community. How can we make Arizona a better place to ride if we are not all involved.

SO WHO ARE YOU?

Be good to one another.

Mike Infanzon
ABATE of Arizona
State Designated Lobbyist

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