Hello fellow ABATE members.
I recently returned from the NCOM Region I meeting. Among many things discussed, the location of the 2019 meeting was brought up. I convinced the board to hold it in Phoenix. Now we need a venue. Any suggestions would be helpful. We also discussed the various states legislative efforts and agendas. As some of you know, this year Arizona’s effort will be centered on restarting the Motorcycle Safety Fund. As you may recall, it failed in the last session. The new bill will recreate the fund but will not recreate the AMSAC board. Alberto Gutier, the director of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, will administer the fund. Another bill is the Biker Anti Profiling bill that will be sponsored by Senator Judy Burges. I have another idea for a bill that I got from California, more to come on that. I also spoke with Senator-elect Karen Fann. We discussed a lane filtering bill that would allow motorcyclists to filter and use the shoulder to exit the highway in times of traffic congestion. I need to work on this more but signs are hopeful. The idea is to prove it is safe, then possibly expand the practice.
As some of you know, ABATE provided $2,000 to sponsor the Arizona Motorcycle Rider Political Action Committee. The Arizona Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs also donated $2,000. I set it up with the Secretary of State’s Office and opened a bank account. In the week before the election, I began handing campaign contributions to several key legislators. They all were grateful and glad to speak with me. I used the opportunities to present our issues and concerns. I believe that this is a good start. I hope to build on this foundation. As I have said many times, there are more than 200,000 registered motorcycles in Arizona. We are the largest interest group in the state. We should act on our numbers to get our agenda passed. To that end, I am asking for donations to strengthen our PAC. Checks or money orders can be made out to Arizona Motorcycle Riders Political Action Committee and mailed to 7509 N 12th Street, Ste. 200, Phoenix, AZ 85020.
This legislative session begins on January 9. I have invited a lot of bikers to show up around 10 am. We need to be present, we need to speak with them. As Woody Allen once said, “80% of success is showing up.” So show up and make life better for bikers. The Motorcycle Day At the Dome is on February 15, 2017. We are asking people to show up about 10 am, but any time before 2 pm will do. It would help if everyone called their state representatives and senators to come down and meet with us. They will all receive invitations but constituents Until I see you all again, be safe out there. Too many of us are going down. I want to go into the new year without losing anyone else.
Until next time…
Johnny D ALMA MC
Arizona Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs Designated Lobbyist
Arizona ABATE PAC Officer