Charles Umbenhauer

"It was never about the helmet, it was about choice."
—Charles Umbenhauer

Charles Umbenhauer

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politics—BIKER STYLE
Between the Lines October 2017 issue

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“The battle for bikers rights is not about patches, parties or poker runs.  We fight to protect the freedom and promote the interest of American motorcyclists…to defend our right to choose our own modes of transportation, attire and deter and defy discrimination against us…and to vanquish those who violate our rights or right-of-way.”  Bruce Arnold

So what is the problem with ABATE?  Patches, parties and poker runs just to name a few.  It appears that not every ABATE member is interested in pursuing our mission statement.  No I am not going to print it here, if you are a member and do not know what our mission statement is, well more fuel for the fire. 

We have several bills presently before the Legislature that seems to have stalled and are not moving through the process as they should be.  That is because the Legislators have not heard from their constituents that they are interested in seeing such things as motorcycle profiling and motorcycles being added to the lemon law and also seeing motorcyclists have the same right in motorcycle processions as a funeral procession presently operate under.  OK with the passing of September a lot of the things I mentioned above should be going on the back burner and we can concentrate our efforts where they belong…on getting motorcycle friendly legislation passed. 

The bills have been introduced and been referred to their perspective committees and all that remains are the Committee members to hear from you.   Otherwise why would they be interested in moving any of the above mentioned bills. 

All of the state events for 2017 are now in the rear view mirror and the next big thing on our agenda is the 2018 L & L Seminar scheduled for January 26, 27, 2018.  This will be your opportunity to get your chapter ready for the new year and the challenges ahead. 

If you remember in the last session because of your hard working efforts we were able to get Daniel’s Law passed and signed by the Governor.  That is the same kind of enthusiasm you need to show for other motorcycle legislation and we will be able to again in this session pass some of the aforementioned bills.  Check on our website for the bill numbers and other information you might need.