Legislative Update - January 2017
2017 Promises to be a Busy Year
It’s a new year. Wow. Where did 2016 go? I hope everyone had a good holiday season.
There is alot on the agenda for 2017. I was going to start out the year with an article on freedom. I put the notes back in the binder and will write that article on another day.
There are a few things I want to pass onto you all. Get out your calendars and write down the dates because we all need your support. ABATE of Arizona has a reputation of being freedom fighters.
Let’s continue that into the next year as well.
January 9, 2017 - Opening Day at the legislature. This is the first day in session for the 53rd Legislative Session. Come on down to the state capital and see how things go.
February 15th, 2017 - Motorcycle Day at the Dome. Join us on the Capital lawn for lunch and discussion with the legislators about motorcycle issues. It’s always a great time. Make an appointment with your representatives that day and/or just invite them to the lunch.
Officer training is January 7th at the ABATE State office. Johnny D and I will be going over some PAC training. If you’d like to come up and sit in so you can support your chapter PAC officer, we would love to have you sit in.
Freedom Fighters. This is what we do. We challenge the status quo and make sure motorcyclists are represented inSee you in the wind, Arizona. We need loud voices. I have pictures of my father outside of the state capital in California standing with ABATE fighting the mandatory helmet law there. He was a loud voice for motorcycle rights.
There are a few things on the agenda that I want to share as well. We have a sponsor for the extension of the Motorcycle Safety Fund in this next session. This will extend it and do away with the committee so the red tape can be cut. We are still working on the research for a lane splitting/ lane filtering legislation. Also we are still fighting for more sponosrs/co-sponsors for House Resolution 831. Call your US Representative and encourage them to sign on and support the resolution. We are looking into an anti-profiling legislation here in Arizona as well.
It’s going to be a tough battle this coming year but the lobbyists from all the SMRO and PAC are standing together and helping each organization out so we all have a united front. Join the cause and support your local chapter.
I hope to make the rounds to all of the chapter meetings in the next few months. As always, if I can help you out, let me know.
See you in the wind,
State Designated Lobbyist, ABATE of Arizona