ABATE of Minnesota’s 13th annual Bikerday at the Minnesota State Capitol Recap

March 14th - Bikerday at the Capitol

ABATE of Minnesota’s Bikerday at the Capitol was an incredible success. By the busloads and carloads motorcyclists from across the state came to the Minnesota State Capitol to protect their freedoms and push for common sense motorcycling legislative issues. They came from Worthington, Hibbing, Roseau, Albert Lea, and all points in between. It was an amazing display of biker unity in the Capitol Rotunda when ABATE of Minnesota’s invited legislators spoke to the crowd. We heard from some of the most powerful people in the Minnesota legislature and one by one they offered support of ABATE of Minnesota’s legislative issues. There was a huge round of applause when the “top dog” in the Minnesota House, Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt said “I support ABATE of Minnesota’s agenda!” We heard from the sponsors of ABATE of Minnesota’s bill to curtail the profiling of motorcyclists, Representative Drazkowski and Senator Osmek. They both are very passionate about this issue and will keep fighting to get it passed. We also heard from Representative Jim Nash, who along with Senator Kiffmeyer, worked tirelessly last year to pass ABATE of Minnesota’s motorcycle awareness license plate bill. Mr. Nash has been one of ABATE of Minnesota’s best friends since the day he took office several years ago. There were many more legislators who addressed the crowd including prominent members of the Transportation and Public Safety Committees. These are the two committees that ABATE of Minnesota sponsored legislation needs to pass before becoming law.

The hallways of the Capitol and the legislator’s office buildings were a sea of black leather as bikers made their way to appointments with their representatives and senators. This is the most important part of the day. To have constituents take the time to personally lobby their elected official sends a lasting message that we care deeply about motorcycling in Minnesota.

I want you to think about the dedication some ABATE of Minnesota members have for the cause: If you are travelling to Bikerday at the Capitol from Hibbing or Worthington or other points around Minnesota, you are waking up at 3 or 4 in the morning. And getting home at 6 or 7 at night. Others have to make big changes in their work and family plans for the day. They are doing this for the betterment of all Minnesota motorcyclists. And for that I am very thankful. For those of you who did not attend Bikerday, think about that and make your own commitment to do more for ABATE of Minnesota and all bikers in the state. Volunteer at the local or state level when asked and work hard to recruit more ABATE of Minnesota members. You will help yourself by helping others in the ongoing battle for motorcycling freedom. It’s not difficult, it’s fun, and you meet some great people.

ABATE of Minnesota’s Bikerday at the Capitol would not be a success if not for the hard work and monetary donations of our members and others – Thank You.  We had a great group of smart and enthusiastic members working the registration table and directing people around the Capitol complex – Thank You! Mike Berger produced an awesome video of the event. You can see it HERE. It is also on the ABATE of Minnesota Face Book page – Thank You Mike! And to the hundreds of freedom fighters who took the time to come to the Capitol – Thank You! Let’s make next  year even bigger and better!

Yours in freedom,