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Friday March 25, 2011
5:00pm - 9:00pm - Registration Table Open
5:00pm - 9:00pm - Products/Auction Room open
5:00pm - 8:00pm - Hospitality Room open
5:00pm - 11:00pm - Social, Cash Bar and Live Karaoke Band Fundraiser in the Ball Room


 

Bill to Prohibit Funding for Motorcycle Checkpoints Introduced

11NR09 - MRF News Release - United States House of Representatives Bill to Prohibit Funding for Motorcycle Checkpoints


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
03 March 2011


Contact: Jeff Hennie, Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs
 
 
United States House of Representatives Bill to Prohibit Funding for Motorcycle Checkpoints

NTSB Testifys against Nebraska Helmet Choice Bill

The NTSB recently studied 6 motorcycle crashes and came to the conclusion that all states need a mandatory motorcycle helmet law. Ask your US members of Congress to oppose the NTSB's misguided efforts.


www.ntsb.gov/speeches/hart/hac110214.html

The Kids Just want to Ride

The Final Push to Stop the Ban on Youth Motorcycles and ATVs Begins This Week
 
Congressional Hearing to Review CPSIA; Grassroots Advocacy at 2011 Dealernews International
Powersports Dealer Expo
 
Irvine CA, February 14, 2011 - Two years of persistent efforts by powersports enthusiasts, dealers and other industry


representatives have driven Congress to action. On February 17, the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on

Great News on HF68

HF 68, the ABATE of Minnesota supported legislation that increases the penalty for careless driving resulting in death, passed the Minnesota House Public Safety Committee on Wednesday, January 26, and was referred to the Judiciary Policy and Finance Committee. On February 10th, the bill was heard and held over for inclusion in the Judiciary omnibus bill. This is a very positive development. Unless another chair insists on hearing this bill we will have no more hearings in the Minnesota House and when the Judiciary omnibus bill is assembled, this language should be included in the big bill.

ABATE of Minnesota Rocks the Capitol

On February 2, 2011, ABATE of Minnesota members and motorcyclists from groups and clubs statewide came to the Minnesota State Capitol to lobby with one voice to protect the rights and safety of all motorcyclists.


From Albert Lea to Roseau, from Marshall to Duluth and from all points in between, hundreds upon hundreds of Minnesota motorcyclists poured into the State Capitol in St. Paul to protect motorcycling freedom and improve motorcycle safety.

HF 68 Passes Public Safety Committee

HF 68, the ABATE of Minnesota supported legislation that increases the penalty for careless driving resulting in death, passed the Minnesota House Public Safety Committee on Wednesday, January 26, and was referred to the Judiciary Committee. Testifying in support were Mack Backlund, ABATE of MN, Nancy Johson, Minnesotans for Safe Driving and Scott Hersey, Dakota County Assistant Attorney. ABATE of Minnesota thanks all who help with this important legislation.

Congresswoman and Fellow Motorcyclist Shot in Arizona

US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) was shot outside a grocery store while conducting a public event with her constituents in North Tucson, Arizona. Giffords was Chair of the United States House of Representatives Motorcycle Safety Caucus. She was a true friend of the motorcyclists of this country and served them well. ABATE of Minnesota and the Motorcycle Riders Foundation are deeply saddened by this loss and wish her  family well in this tragic time. Our thoughts and prayers also go out to the other victims of this senseless tragedy.


 

Star and Tribune Supports ABATE of MN Legislation

The Star and Tribune, Minnesota's largest newspaper, now supports ABATE of MN's increased penalties for careless driving position (see below). Major changes in law take time. ABATE of MN started the discussion on this at an early Bikerday at the Capitol and we have gathered more supporters every year. Keep the pressure on and when it passes in 2011, feel good that it was ABATE of MN who got the ball rolling several years ago.


Mack Backlund


State Coordinator


ABATE of MN