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A Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactments

ABATE of South Carolina, Inc. is the motorcyclists' rights organization of South Carolina. Our members brought freedom of choice to South Carolina bikers in June of 1980; ABATE amended South Carolina's mandatory motorcycle helmet law to allow adult freedom of choice. ABATE stands for A Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactments. Our philosophy is to defend liberty; while we do not oppose safety devices we oppose laws that mandate the usage of devices.

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Motorcycle Awareness Rally, Sun. May 4, Columbia , starts at Quaker Steak and Lube
Sunday, 30 March 2014 18:39
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Motorcycle Awareness Rally, Sun. May 4, Columbia , starts at Quaker Steak and Lube

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H.3231 passes! from Dennis Welborn
Thursday, 20 March 2014 10:43
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At 11:37 H3231 with the senate amendment passed the house 106 to 0. It is finally a done deal.

Thanks to everyone who helped get this bill passed it is long overduel

Dennis

 
Limited Edition H3231 products
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 19:29
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H.3231 Long Sleeve Shirts

I just made a quick run of some long sleeve shirts and due to the short quantity I will have to take them on a first come first serve basis. Due to the setup fee and screen costs we will not be producing anymore.

 

So just let me know and the quantity and prices are below:

 

One girls medium $10

Two L long sleeve with ABATE on sleeves $20

Three XL long sleeve with ABATE on sleeves $20

Two XXL long sleeve with ABATE on sleeves $25

Four towels $5

 

Ride free I do, Ralph Bell ABATE State Coordinator 

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Federal Bill of Interest to Motorcyclists
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 13:17
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The Motorcycle Riders Foundation reports that the United States House of Representatives has passed a bill that would end a federal subsidy for biofuel blender pumps in rural areas. The measure passed by a vote of 251-166.  The Senate is expected to vote on the matter next week and there is little that those in support of the subsidies can do to reinstate the money. President Obama is expected to sign the legislation into law.

Putting an end to these subsidies will likely result in less biofuel blender pumps in the market place and therefore less E-15 fuel.  As most of you know, E-15 is gasoline that is blended with 15% ethanol.  Obviously that is a 50% increase in ethanol over the standard E-10 that most of us are used to seeing and using.  There are questions regarding how E-15 will affect engines, especially smaller ones.  The Motorcycle Industry Counsel claims that E-15 could affect engine durability and deterioration.  Further, if your motorcycle is damaged by E-15, you have no legal recourse.   Passage of this bill should be welcome news to all motorcycle riders.
 

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

 
Equal Access Bill Advancing Through Senate with Unanimous Support - by Matt Danielson
Monday, 17 March 2014 09:35
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~ March 13, 2014 ~

The Motorcycle Equal Access Bill passed its second reading in the South Carolina Senate by a unanimous vote.  After the third reading, which is usually a formality, the bill will go to the Governor’s desk to be signed into law. 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.

 

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

 
Motorcycle Checkpoint Bill Introduced in U.S. Senate - by Matt Danielson
Friday, 07 March 2014 17:45
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The United States Senate is the latest venue in the battle to end the unfair practice of federally funded motorcycle-only roadside checkpoints.  Motorcycle-only CheckpointsThe Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) has reported that Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) has introduced legislation which would prohibit the federal government from funding mandatory motorcycle-only roadside checkpoints. Joining her as the lead republican on the bill is Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI).  Also joining as original co-sponsors are Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH).

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Equal Access Bill H.3231 Advances Unanimously - by Matt Danielson
Friday, 07 March 2014 14:07
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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
Monday, 03 March 2014 16:08
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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

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Motorcycle Equal Access Bill H.3231 Passes the House - by Matt Danielson
Friday, 21 February 2014 15:58
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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

 
New Liberty Riders Chapter of ABATE, Elgin, in the Midlands
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 19:10
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Please welcome a new ABATE chapter - Liberty Riders in Elgin, located in the Midlands.

Dennis Welborn is the contact as they get going. More info is on our Chapters and Meetings page.

 
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