MRF June Update
By Andy Kelly
On Monday, April 24, the nominations for the Motorcycle Advisory Council closed but the results will not be known for a few weeks. Hopefully we will all know the ten (10) appointed counsel members by the time you read this.
Some good news that is coming out of Washington D.C is a Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill, introduced on May 4. Representatives Tim Walburg (R-Mich.), Mark Pocan (D-Wisc.), Michael Bergess (R-Texas), and Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) along with Senators Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NewHamp.) jointly introduced a resolution concerning the profiling of motorcyclists.
The bill defines the practice of motorcycle profiling and expresses the sentiments of the U.S Senate and House of Representatives on the issue of motorcycle profiling. Additionally, the bill promotes increased public awareness on the issue and encourages collaboration, education, and training for the motorcycle and law enforcement communities in order to end instances of profiling.
The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF), which has been advocating for a national solution to address motorcycle profiling with the support of the motorcycle profiling project, will work over the coming months with states’ motorcyclists’ rights organizations as well as motorcycle clubs and individual riders to advance the measure.
Kirk (Hardtail) Willard, President of the MRF, was quoted saying at the bills release, “for too long motorcyclists have felt the effect of discrimination from law enforcement. Riding a motorcycle doesn’t make me a suspect. We hope that, with this bills introduction we can shine a national spotlight on this issue that affects every rider in every state, and helps put an end to this unconstitutional practice.”
The bills look similar to what was introduced last summer; it will define the practice of profiling, promote public awareness of motorcycle profiling, and encourage collaboration and communication between law enforcement and the motorcycle community. Further, it urges state law enforcement officials to condemn motorcycle profiling in written policy and training material. Though the bills are resolutions, they send a strong message on this issue that affects so many riders.