We have attached the design for the 2016 Lobby Day shirts. All shapes and sizes are $20 and we would like to get the order in by January 1st which should give us time to have them for the State Business meeting on January 9th.
There is also the Lobby Day patch design and you will need to be at the Lobby Day breakfast and register in to get it.
South Carolina's Motorcycle Safety Committee is working to make motorcyclists safer on the roads. Ralph, Dennis and other ABATE members are working to help. Be sure to take our motorcycle safety survey at http://abatesc.com/survey
The United States House of Representatives finished up work on a long-term highway bill and approved its passage by a vote of 363-64. The bill—the first long-term highway bill passed by the US House in decades—is matched by a similar bill passed earlier this year by the Senate.
“This bill is absolutely critical to America and our economy,” said Rep. Bill Shuster, R-PA, Chairman to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
This bill has several provisions important to motorcyclists. First and most importantly, the bill ends the federal funding of motorcycle-only checkpoints, a top priority of the Motorcycle Riders Foundation.
The bill also re-convenes the National Motorcycle Advisory Council (NMAC), an advisory council that advises the Secretary of Transportation on how infrastructure issues affect motorcyclists in ways that are vastly different than for four-wheeled vehicles.
Lastly, the bill commissions a study to determine the best ways to prevent motorcycle crashes. Because it focuses only on prevention rather than on helmet use, this study would be the first of its kind.
The House and Senate will next form a conference committee to iron out the slight differences between the two versions of legislation before sending it the President for his signature, a process that is expected to be fast-tracked for quick approval.
The MRF thanks every motorcyclist who came to DC to lobby, as well as every motorcyclist who communicated with their members of Congress on this important issue.
As always, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation will keep you updated and informed on this issue.
It is with great sadness that the South Carolina motorcycle rights community must say farewell to Jeff Hennie who has been the Government Relations officers for the MRF for over a decade. He has taken to the road for at least one year in true gypsy biker fashion and will travel the United Sates and smell the states. As with many of us free spirited bikers we can only congratulate him with a bit of jealously.
Although our fight on the Federal front will not stop it is with some sadness to see him go. He has been an inspiration to many of us during our many trips to Washington D.C. and has always been there to get things done.
The Tom McGrath law firm has put together a training center, and offered to let ABATE of South Carolina use it for our meetings. So starting with the next Board Of Directors (BOD) meeting, Saturday, November 14th, the ABATE of SC BOD and Legislative meetings will be held at: