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ABATE of SC Press Release: Call for the Closing of Atlantic Bike fest?

Immediate Release June 10, 2014

Contacts:

Dennis Welborn, State Legislative Coordinator

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Chad Fuller, Public Relations

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Press ReleaseABATE of South Carolina has been concerned about the recent shootings that happened during the 34th Annual Atlantic Beach Bike Festival that takes place during the Memorial Day weekend. We have always had a strong opposition to any violent acts that are committed and continue that stance. ABATE is also aware that these where NOT motorcyclists but young South Carolina adults that lived in other parts of the State. Although we do NOT understand what caused them to use violence to end whatever dispute they had we must continue to reiterate that these were NOT motorcyclists shooting each other.

ABATE member Violet “Heels” Lucas recently attended a public hearing and this is what she had to say:

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Equal Access Bill H.3231 Advances Unanimously - by Matt Danielson

Members of ABATE of South Carolina continue to work hard to make H3231 the law of the land in the Palmetto State.  The bill amends the Code of South Carolina to prohibit the Department of Transportation from discriminating against motorcycles, motorcycle operators, or motorcycle passengers.  One way it does this is by prohibiting motorcycles from being denied access to highways, bridges or transportation facilities that are maintained or have been constructed with public funds.  Under this bill, cities, counties and towns will have to make reasonable accommodations for motorcycle parking in lots and garages that were built or are maintained in whole or in part with public funds.  It is fundamentally unfair to deny motorcyclists access to public facilities which are maintained or were constructed with their tax dollars.

 

The bill, which was presented by Senator Grooms, was heard in the Senate Transportation Committee which he chairs.  It unanimously received a favorable report.  The bill now goes to the full Senate. 

 

If you would like to voice your support for this bill to the members of the Senate, you may email them at the following link: 

 

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/email.php?chamber=S

 

If you do email your support for this bill, please make sure to send an email to Senator Grooms thanking him for his efforts to pass this bill of importance to South Carolina motorcyclists. 

 

 

Matt Danielson
McGrath & Danielson
Tom McGrath's Motorcycle Law Group
1-800-321-8968
Motorcyclelawgroup.com

H.3231 Full Committee Hearing, Wed. Mar 5th 11 a.m. Room 209 Gressette Bldg

Please see the attached notice and hope to see you there if you can make it. If any of these Senators are in your district please feel free to contact them and let them know we need their support. You can click on their name on the attached notice and it will take you to their contact page.

If you have any questions you can Dennis at (803) 438-8764.

 

H.3231 Full Committee Hearing, Wed. Mar 5th 11 a.m. Room 209 Gressette Bldg

Motorcycle Equal Access Bill H.3231 Passes the House - by Matt Danielson

H3231 passed the South Carolina House of Representatives today due to the hard work of ABATE of South Carolina as well as every motorcyclist who took the time to contact their legislators to voice their support for this important bill.  

 The bill amends the Code of South Carolina to prohibit the Department of Transportation from discriminating against motorcycles, motorcycle operators, or motorcycle passengers.  One way it does this is by prohibiting motorcycles from being denied access to highways, bridges or transportation facilities that are maintained or have been constructed with public funds.  Under this bill, cities, counties and towns will have to make reasonable accommodations for motorcycle parking in lots and garages that were built or are maintained in whole or in part with public funds. 
 
The bill now heads to the Senate.  You can read the full bill below:
 
"Section 57-1-90.    (A)    In formulating transportation policy, promulgating regulations, allocating funds, and planning, designing, constructing, equipping, operating and maintaining transportation facilities, no action of the South Carolina Transportation Commission, or the South Carolina Department of Transportation shall have the effect of discriminating against motorcycles, motorcycle operators, or motorcycle passengers. No regulation or action of the commission, or department shall have the effect of enacting a prohibition or imposing a requirement that applies only to motorcycles or motorcyclists, and the principal purpose of which is to restrict or inhibit access or motorcycles and motorcyclists to any highway, bridge, tunnel, or other transportation facility.
 
(B)    The allocation of parking space square footage specifically in transportation facilities, and other projects undertaken or operated by a political subdivision of this State where state or local source funds have been used in whole or in part to plan, design, construct, equip, operate, or maintain the facility must make reasonable accommodations for motorcycle parking. In carrying forward this requirement, among other options, the facility at its discretion may comply by sectioning portions of the area where the size configuration of the space does not meet code requirements for full-size vehicles."
 
SECTION    2.    This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
 

Matt Danielson
McGrath & Danielson
Tom McGrath's Motorcycle Law Group
1-800-321-8968
Motorcyclelawgroup.com

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