They're so "concerned" about us, they want to regulate if we wear a hat...
COLUMBIA - An increase in motorcycle-related fatalities has driven three state representatives to file a bill that would require all riders wear helmets.
House Bill 4500 was filed Wednesday by Reps. Wendell Gilliard, Carl Anderson, and J. Seth Whipper, D-North Charleston. Gilliard and Anderson said it's time Palmetto State residents consider such a measure because state roads are getting crowded...
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We were originally told that the committee hearing for H3231 (Equal Access Bill) would be at 3 PM on Tuesday 21 January. We now have a copy of the official agenda for the committee, and it says 3 PM, OR 1.5 hours after the House adjourns. That means the hearing could be later, or EARLIER than 3 PM. Based on that information, several of us have decided to meet for lunch at the IHOP on Assembly at noon, and track the proceedings in the house on line. If you would like to meet us there, please feel free to do so. I am sure that some have already planned their day around meeting at Strom's statue between 2:15 and 2:30. Regardless of the meeting status, I will meet you there at that time.
We will also deliver copies of the ABATESC news letter to the house, and senate offices while we are waiting. We need help with that.
See you Tuesday.
On 15 January 2014, an all rider helmet law was introduced in the South Carolina statehouse! H4500 was introduced by Representatives Carl Anderson, Dist. 103 (Georgetown, Horry, and Williamsburg counties, Wendell Gilliard Dist 111, Charleston, and Seth Whipper Dist.113, Charleston, and Dorchester counties. The bill has been assigned to the House Committee on Education and Public Works. None of the primary sponsors are members of that committee.
Because of the deadline to get the newsletter published this information will be a couple of weeks old when you see it. There will be more to follow on this, I am sure. If possible, we will keep you up to date on the website. Chapter, and area coordinators whose email addresses I have will be updated as soon as I have more to put out.
I urge you to contact your member of the South Carolina House of Representatives and POLITELY let him or her know your feelings on this bill.
Last year’s Bikes on the Border conference was so successful we are doing it again. The Second Annual Bikes on the Border will be held from March 21 to 23, 2014 in Kings Mountain North Carolina. The host hotel is the Holiday Inn Express Kings Mountain, NC at 100 Woodlake Pkwy., Kings Mountain, NC. Room rates are $75.00. Call 704-734-0014 for reservations. A block of rooms has been set aside for the conference.
The Actual conference will be held on Saturday March 22nd at the H. Lawrence Patrick Conference Center at 909 E. King St., Kings Mountain, NC. It is 1.8 miles from the host hotel. Topics will include:
There is a $25.00 registration fee which includes a t-shirt and a ticket to the banquet Saturday night. Walkins are welcome at the conference, but those who register will have guaranteed seating. Additionally only registrants will receive banquet tickets and t-shirts. You may register by check made payable to McGrath & Danielson, PO Box 5424, Richmond, VA 23220. You may also register using PayPal at
This year’s banquet will feature a silent auction and a 50/50 with all proceeds going to the Motorcycle Riders Foundation. If you have items for the silent auction please contact Rob Griffin at
If you can make the conference, plan to arrive Friday evening for fellowship over a few beverages in the hospitality room. Also plan to stay around Sunday morning for a guided tour of the Kings Mountain Battlefield Park. We look forward to another interesting and productive Bikes on the Border.
McGrath & Danielson
The Motorcycle Law Group
Be sure to welcome Mandy Jones as the new Sponsor Coordinator, and thank her for stepping up for the members of ABATE of SC.
The latest versions of the Membership Application are posted online on abatesc.com here.
We just moved abatesc.com to a new web server, and so got behind on updates. Here's a summary:
"Boat Mike" Williford is the new CSRA Area Cooridinator.
Janet Woodberry is the new Membership Coordinator.
John "Izzy" Isadore is the new Midlands Area Coordinator.
Be sure to welcome and thank these fine folks for stepping up to serve you, the members of ABATE of SC.
Also welcome the new Richland Chapter in the Midlands, with Sheryl "Tekgyrl" Hudson as Chapter Coorinator.
Check it out here.
Be sure to let Mike know how much you appreciate his stepping up and taking over from Dave "Yank" Horta, and thank Yank for his years of service!
Known to many of us as 'Demon', Damion Larrabee was a PGR member, American Legion Rider, and a member of the HABU Crew. He was also a member of ABATE of Lexington, as well as a First Responder.
In addition to all that, he was a beloved husband, father, brother, son, and friend to a lot of us.
Damion served his country in the United States Army for seven years, leaving as a Spc4.
Here is the latest information on the ride and memorial for Damion that we have:
Bikers of S.C. if you are planning to ride the last ride with Damion, here is the information. Please be there by 515pm so you can line up and be ready for KSU 530pm.
Reaper South Carolina
We are asking all bikers please report to the barnyard flea Market on hwy 1 @ 5:30pm on Thursday afternoon so that we may all escort Amanda Hedrick Larrabee to Damion Larrabee (Demon) one of our fellow falling bikers to the funeral home! Please promote Visitation is 6-8pm & the memorial service will be following right after! This will all be at Thompson Funeral Home o hwy 1! Please make this special request happen for our fallen biker! Much love to Damion (Demon)
Instead of flowers, memorial donations in memory of Damion Larrabee may be made at Gofundme.com:
Visitation and Funeral information is here: