Handicap Motorcycle Plate Bill Passes House Committee

On May 2, 2011, the ABATE of MN supported bill that streamlines the process to acquire a handicap license plate for a motorcycle, passed the House Transportation Committee unanimously and was sent directly to the House floor for approval at a later time. The same action has already been taken in the Senate. This important piece of legislation will lift the burden of subjective approval for a second handicap plate on a motorcycle.
In testimony it was clear to committee members that motorcyclists make up a larger percentage of veterans than the general population in Minnesota.

Ask Your US Representative to Support House Resolution 239

Latest Title: Supporting efforts to retain the ban on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA's) ability to lobby State legislators using Federal tax dollars and urging NHTSA to focus on motorcycle crash prevention and rider education and training.
Sponsor: Rep Sensenbrenner, F. James, Jr. [WI-5] (introduced 5/2/2011)      Cosponsors (9)
Latest Major Action: 5/2/2011 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

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Volunteers needed to promote ABATE of Minnesota at the Annual Vikings Childrens Ride

Jon Stutelberg, Metro Chapter, has promoted ABATE of Minnesota at this event for many years. Jon needs about 15 helpers at the Blue Heron Grill, Hugo , MN at the start of the run at 9:00 am on July 16th for parking lot duty and to work a membership table.  At the end of the ride at Grand Casino Hinckley we also have an opportunity to offer memberships to the crowd and could use help there as well.

This is easy duty and not a huge time commitment. Help will be needed on July 16th from approximately 9:00 am until 3:00 pm.

Obama Signs Lead Law Exemption Bill for Kids Off-Highway Vehicles

Obama signs lead law-exemption bill for kids' off-highway vehicles
August 12, 2011

In a victory for families who enjoy responsible motorized recreation, President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill to allow the sale of kids' off-highway vehicles (OHVs) to continue, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reports.

On Aug. 12, Obama signed into law H.R. 2715, introduced by Reps. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.) and G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.). The measure exempts kids' OHVs from the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008, known as the lead law.

2011 ABATE of MN Rally Raffle Winners

Bike Winner - Clay Linscheid, Butterfield MN - Ticket #3928 Sold by Rolling Prairie Chapter
$500 - Justin Anderson, Hastings MN - Ticket #3088 Sold by River Valley Chapter
$500 - Renata Norgaard, Tyler MN - Ticket #848 Sold by Buffalo Ridge Chapter
$500 - Michael Groll, Ogden UT- Ticket #5037 Sold by South Central Chapter
$500  - John Strandquist, MN - Ticket #783 Sold by  Borderland Chapter
$500 - Jason Fuller, Roseau MN - Ticket #4642 sold by Borderland Chapter

MRF Legislative Agenda for 2012

MRF News Release - The Motorcycle Riders Foundation Legislative Strategy Agenda for 2011-2012

24 October 2011

Contact: Kirk "Hardtail" Willard, MRF President
The Motorcycle Riders Foundation Legislative Strategy Agenda for 2011-2012

ABATE of Michigan Needs Your Help

Call To Action:

To: MRF, All States SMRO

From:  Vince Consiglio, President, ABATE of Michigan

RE: "Call to Action" Motorcycle Helmet Law Modification in Michigan

!! Updated !! - Reward Offered in Motorcycle Hit and Run

GAYLORD - Family members are now offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the vehicle and driver involved in an Oct. 27 hit-and-run accident near Gaylord. The family of John Byro increased the reward from $3,000 to $5,000 hoping to receive resolution in this case.

On Thursday, Oct.27, at approximately 10 p.m. John Byro, 29, was riding his motorcycle when he collided with an unknown vehicle at the intersection of Hwy 19 and Hwy 5. The driver left the scene.

National Call to Action: Federal Helmet Mandates

11NR34 - MRF News Release - National Call to Action: Federal Helmet Mandates

13 December 2011

Contact:Jeff Hennie, Vice President of Government Ralations and Public Affairs
National Call to Action: Federal Helmet Mandates

US Senate Bill S1449 Update

11NR35 - MRF News Release - Senate Committee Passes Highway Safety Bill

14 December 2011

Contact:Jeff Hennie, Vice President of Government Ralations and Public Affairs
Senate Committee Passes Highway Safety Bill

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Today, the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation passed a sweeping safety bill known as the Motor Vehicle and Highway Safety Improvement Act (S. 1449). The bill passed by voice vote.