Charles Umbenhauer

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

Charles Umbenhauer

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Between the Lines April 2018 issue

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Decision Time

For the past two years at the panel discussion at the L & L the subject of lane splitting has been discussed.  So far we have decided to stick with our official position of no lane splitting in PA. 

In the meantime, I thought I would report an interesting development in Arizona.  A lane splitting bill Senate Bill 105, introduced by State Senator John Kavanagh adds language permitting lane splitting and includes a requirement that motorcycle riders and passengers wear helmets. 

A bill in the Georgia General Assembly HB 490 was introduced in 2017 and remains alive but the session ended on March 30 so it looks like it won’t happen there.  Also remember that Georgia has a helmet law for all riders. 

California presently is the only state that allows lane splitting and they also have a helmet law for all riders. 

It looks to me like you have a choice if you want to split lanes in PA it might come with having to wear helmets again.  Better think long and hard about pursuing lane splitting in PA. 

On a much more important subject, elections, in May there will be the Primary followed in November by the General Election.  PA will be electing 25 Senators and 203 House Members.  Your chapter should be looking at the list to see if you will be facing any new legislators in the next session. 

Here is a list of who will not be running in the Senate this time around.

Senator Stewart Greenleaf (R- Montgomery)

Senator Charles McLlhinney (R-Bucks)

Senator Robert Tomlinson (R- Bucks)

Senator John Eichelberger (R-Blair)

Senator Scott Wagner (R-York)


In the House the following Members are not running for reelection for the 2019-20 session

Rep Robert Godshall (R-Montgomery)

Rep Joe Markosek (D-Allegheny)

Rep John Taylor (R-Philadelphia)

Rep Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin)

Rep Curtis Thomas (D-Philadelphia)

Rep Mike Hanna (D-Clinton)

Rep Bill Keller (D-Philadelphia)

Rep John Maher (R-Allegheny)

Rep Katherine Watson (R-Bucks)

Rep Mark Mustio (R-Allegheny)

Rep Adam Harris (R-Juniata)

Rep Dave Reed (R-Indiana)

Rep Florindo Fabrizio (D-Erie)

Rep Marguerite Quinn (R-Bucks)

Rep Will Tallman (R-Adams)

Rep Jim Christiana (R-Beaver)

Rep Rick Saccone (R-Allegheny)

Rep Eli Evankovich (R-Westmoreland)

Rep Stephen Bloom (R-Cumberland

Rep Kevin Haggerty (D-Lackawanna)

Rep John McGinnis (R-Blair)

Rep Judy Ward (R-Blair)

Rep Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York)

Rep Harry Lewis (R-Chester)

Rep Matt Baker (R-Tioga)

Rep Scott Petri (R-Bucks)

I am sure there will be several more names added to this list of legislators presently awaiting possible legal action having to deal with various charges. 


As they say at the capitol these days, “never a dull moment.”