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Between the Lines June 2020 issue

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A.B.A.T.E Legislation Update

Legislation of interest to A.B.A.T.E is listed below.  Wojdak Government Relations is working with our allies in the House and Senate to move these bills from committee and ultimately to the

Governor's desk.

HB 26 – Rep. Pam Snyder's bill to amend the Automobile Lemon Law to include motorcycles.  The last action on the bill was on February 26, 2019 when it was referred to Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure.  On February 25, 2020, Mark Richards met with the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Dealers Association lobbyist to discuss restarting negotiations on HB 26 and SB 792 and discuss a plans to try to get one of these bills out of the Senate Consumer Protection Committee. 

The meeting was very cordial and we agree to work together on compromise language.  We also agreed to set up another meeting to discuss specific proposals. This meeting will also include John Kruger.  That meeting will take place on May 14.  Additionally, we have met with Senators Regan and Brooks and their staff to request that they specifically speak to Chairman Tomlinson about moving this bill.

HB 634 – Rep. Mark Keller's Motorcycle Procession Bill.  The last legislative action on the bill was when it was referred to the Senate Transportation Committee.  John Kruger, Mark Richards and Wendy Hoover have now participated in several meetings with House and Senate staffers and representative from the Pennsylvania State Police and the Pennsylvania State Troopers Association. Many suggestions and ideas on compromise language that would be acceptable by all parties were traded by the participants during these meetings.  We now have the second revised draft language which we are reviewing.  John Kruger, Wendy Hoover and Mark Richards will be participating in another conference call meeting during the week of May 11.

SB 62 – Sen. Judy Ward's legislation to reduce the disability requirement to receive a severely disabled veteran license plate from 100% disability to at least 70% disability.  This bill was set on the Senate tabled calendar on March 27, 2019.

SB 732 – Sen. Camera Bartolotta's legislation to add grass clipping to the list of items which cannot be spread on to a roadway or highway.  The bill was referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 7, 2019 and remains in the Committee.

Legislative Session Schedule


May 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20

June 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30



May 18, 19, 20, 26, 27

June 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30

September 15, 16, 17, 29, 30

October 1, 5, 6, 7, 19, 20, 21

November  10