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By Andy Kelly
It is time to start thinking about what is on the horizon for 2017. By the time you are reading this we will have a new President in office, and a completely new Cabinet. No one can say for sure what will happen in Washington D.C. the next few years, but the motorcycle community has to keep a watchful eye on every piece of legislation that comes from this new administration.

One example would be the Affordable Care Act replacement promised by the new administration. We have to be on guard that motorcycles, helmets, or any language that would take away our freedoms is not in any legislation. If you remember, a few years ago, a few private companies would not insure what they considered risky activities like motorcycle riding. All it would take is some saftycrat or do-gooder who is going to save us from ourselves and sneak an amendment into a piece of legislation. We must also watch to be sure that the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) has a seat on the Motorcycle Advisory Council and any rebuilding of the infrastructure needs to be motorcycle friendly. We also need to put a leash on the EPA and get them away from our motorcycles, move forward with legislation on motorcycle profiling and stopping or controlling E-15.

I would like to thank Mary Dixon and Scott Christopher for their help with getting their Congressmen to co-sponsor House Resolution 831. This Resolution is to promote awareness of motorcycle profiling and encourage collaboration and communication with the motorcycle community and law enforcement officials to prevent instances of profiling. Mary Dixon, from Gods Country Chapter, helped get G.T. Thompson, U.S Representative for Pennsylvania’s 5th congressional district to co-sponsor, and Scott Christopher, from Mason Dixon Chapter ,helped get Scott Perry, U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania’s 4th congressional district to co-sponsor.

Your memberships in the MRF are very important as they help to keep a very professional staff/office in the Washington D.C. area. Our new Vice-President, Government Affairs and Public Relations, Megan Ekstrom, is an excellent example. She is bringing the MRF into the twenty first century with her energy and experience in Washington D.C. In December, she held a Webinar on using new software available on the MRF website. This software allows you to go on the MRF website and easily get information from any state, concerning legislation, even at the federal level, by topic.

In a recent e mail that was sent out from Megan Ekstom’s office, she suggested that states that are still dealing with autocycle legislation, consider doing what Pennsylvania did as an option on their bill language which was to keep crash and or fatalities statistics separate, concerning the autocycles. She also included a link for other states to see the legislation. Great job Charles.

One final thing, last month I said I heard that Indian Motorcycles may be able to use E-15 gasoline. I checked with Spencer Willhouse from Cosmo’s Indian and he told me that NO Indians should use E-15 and he was not aware of any motorcycle that should be allowed to run on E-15.

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