Motorcyclists Rally at the State Capitol
May 22, 2017 - Harrisburg, PA - Members of ABATE, the Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education, held its annual Motorcyclists Rights Rally at Noon in the rotunda of the state capitol. Hundreds of riders from Erie to Philadelphia gathered to be updated on motorcycle legislation pending before the state Legislature.
The event is held annually to kick off the riding season and traditionally receive a proclamation from Governor Wolf, designating May as Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month.
Forty legislators from both the Senate and House took part in the rally, Those legislators that addressed the bikers were; Senator John DiSanto and Representative's Pam Snyder, Garth Everett, Mark Keller, Jim Marshall and Harry Readshaw. At the conclusion of the rally $10,406 was contributed to BikePAC, the bikers political action committee.
The prestigious Senator Clarence D. Bell Scholarship was awarded to Christopher Miller of the Lancaster County Chapter of ABATE of PA. The scholarship is given in the late Senator's honor to keep his memory alive and to encourage younger members to further their education.
Two of the bills that were discussed during the rally saw action on Wednesday in the House Transportation Committee. HB 1239 introduced by Representative Jim Marshall enhances the penalty for drivers operating a vehicle or motorcycle without the proper class of license. The bill passed out of committee by a unanimous vote. Also HB 831 introduced by Representative Mark Keller amends the Vehicle Code to provide rights to organized motorcycle processions. The bill passed out of Committee and will now go to the full House for consideration.
ABATE of PA would like to thank the God Bless America Motorcycle Color Guard, the Camp Hill Police Department, the Harrisburg Police Department and the Capitol Police for their assistance in getting the group of motorcyclists safely to the Capitol.