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ABATE of Illinois SUPPORTs HB3538 - Poker run/Gaming bill
ABATE of Illinois SUPPORTs HB105 - Blue Light Tail Light bill
HB4105 Blue Dot Tail Light bill passed the Illinois House today 15 April (114 - 000 - 000)
Governor signed our Accent Lighting Bill which legalize riding
2016 January Legislative Newsletter Report
HB4320: See Language. IDOT was excited over this bill as their legislative people said this will get the funds released for the CRSTP.
Dan Harper has been appointed as an Assistant State Legislative Coordinator. We need inside people who know the legislators in C. County to help get that county back in the Poker Run Bill.
ONDGO2: We need more response to the Legislative Alerts that go out. We have to make those calls when asked to do so that is a big part of our strength. There needs to be MORE members filling out the “WITNESS SLIPS” when asked to do so. We have a pathetically low turnout on this issue.
I understand some are not around a computer 24/7 but I give you the direct link to the page you need. Its simple! On Jan 11th at 9am there will be a refresher course at the Stratton Building on the General Assembly Web Site for those that want to get a head start on the seminar breakout session. There is room for 12 members that want to brush-up on the site before the seminar. If you want in call or email me for a spot.
Seminar: Legislative breakouts are
all in the same room in a row. This will save set up time as we can use the same
projector/screen. 1st hr will be Elizabeth Winters, Amanda Gotte,
and Hunter on lobbying interacting with your Local, State, and Federal
ELECTIONS: There will be a large # of races our friends will be in and we need to make sure we service them with help where ever needed and both our PAC’s need money to work with. There will also be a large # of “open races” as a lot of state legislators will not be returning so we need to be out there making friends with those candidates that your PAC says are worthy of your help.
Legislative Day-March 2: I expect a large turnout of legislators due to the up-coming Primary Election and the General Assembly’s own band play at our reception. I am also looking for a LARGE turnout for our own members as well. Those legislators come in there looking for their own constituents. Be there for them. Every chapter should have NO LESS than 2 members in attendance. Help them out with some gas money and a little money for lunch if they can’t afford it. Check out the Flier. We need donations for this event. The band we are having will not cost ABATE of Illinois anything.
The event itself is expensive so all donations will be greatly appreciated.
State House Inn – (217) 528-5100 a block of 35 rooms are reserved starting Jan 1st. If they fill up early I will ask for more if they are available. Get on board early. See flier.
D. C. Trip: Elizabeth Winters is heading this trip. I just got hold of the new calendar and the trip will leave April 24th and return on April 30th. Go to our web site to apply for the D C Trip. We will not take “couples” as we are looking for members from different congressional districts and who attends our State Seminar and our Legislative Day.
We want members who are politically active and interested in our freedoms. We want to have the trip members selected and confirmed by the end of Jan or early Feb at the latest. The earlier we book the flights the cheaper they are. Apply for the trip but make sure you really can and will commit to it.We need members from the Cook County area as most of the legislators, both state and federal, have their districts in the Cook County area but yes we need members from this whole state as well. Representation is based on population and the majority of ours is in Cook County. We would like 6-8 members on this trip if we can afford it so the more donations the DC Trip gets the stronger we are in DC. Check out our web site!
Off-Road/AMA Dist. 17 – Hunter John
Ride Safe and Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year See Ya at the Seminar
2015 December Legislative Newsletter Report
Our main concern right now is the status of the Cycle Rider Safety Training Program (CRSTP). Down in the southern part of the state the program at SIU-C is telling us that they are getting ready to close the shop except the Program Director if they don’t receive their funding and even close the doors in April if it doesn’t have funding.
Some may say they don’t need it during the non-riding months but in those months all the mc’s get serviced and repaired for the following season. There also has to be paperwork on all the mc’s to show they were all serviced/repaired in case there are any crashes/injuries in the new season. They have to show they were in great working order.
Todd and I have both been working on trying to get the funds released. I have contacted all the leadership of both chambers on “both sides of the isle” with ph calls and letters and asked some legislators and Chiefs of Staff to contact the main office in Carbondale and ask them to hang on for a while longer.
I had contacted the Gov’s office in September and had asked for the funds to be released but was turned down.
State Rep. Dave Harris is trying to run HB4320 which would open the dedicated funds up to go to the purpose they were designed for. It is assigned to the House Executive Committee but has not been posted (given a hearing date) but the House is not going back to session until Wed, Dec. 2nd.
When it gets posted I will put out an ONDGO2 alert for all to act on. We are being held captive even though we are “A” political in nature. We should not be used as Political Pawns in a Political Game of Chess.
These funds that we want released came from you wallets and purses of Motorcyclists and only us through our registration fees and “L” & “M” classification fees.
When the ONDGO2 goes out in a couple weeks everyone needs to call the ph #’s on the committee.
Todd and I are also working with the Secretary of State (SOS) office in trying to tweak the definition of a motorcycle which will help to keep Autocycles in their own classification. The current definition reads: (625 ILCS 5/1-147) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 1-147)
Sec. 1-147. Motorcycle. Every motor vehicle having a seat or saddle for the use of the rider and designed to travel on not more than 3 wheels in contact with the ground, but excluding an autocycle or tractor.
(Source: P.A. 98-777, eff. 1-1-15.)
At our state seminar this year we will have the General Assembly (G.A.) Web Site Training again but this year we will have some bills to play with in the class. Last year was a failure on my behalf as there were no bills filed yet as we entered into a new G.A. (99th). This will be a 2 hr class with your computers/I-Pads/Notebooks. The Northfield has WI-FI.
On each end of the G.A. Web Site breakout session there is a 1 hr session on “How to Lobby Your Local/State/Federal Legislators andOfficials”.
This way they are all lined up in the same room and one after the other so you
can still attend other sessions you’re interested in. This year I still
“Challenge” everyone with a $25 check to your STATEPAC and FEDPAC but I also
“Challenge” everyone with getting just (1) new member to join ABATE of Illinois.
Both our PAC’s will become stronger with the contributions and that is what is
needed. There are MRO’s who still don’t have a STATEPAC and there is only one
other that has an active FEDPAC and that is Minn.
2015 November Legislative Newsletter Report
The biggest thing to report on is that there will be a LARGE amount of current Illinois state legislators not running for another term in the Illinois Senate or House due to 1 reason or another (their choice).
This is where we stand up and shine!
We have the ability to help our current friends who want to return by collecting signatures to get them on the ballot. Then we help by putting yard signs together and getting them out and in place in our community. We also go door to door for their cause and tell the community why this person would serve them well in the seat they are seeking.
This is also the time we can meet the “newbies” and tell them who we are and what we can do for them as well.
Each one of our chapters have members in them that know the ropes on what needs to be done. Members such as Mike Gallagher, Neal Toepher, Pauli Ward, Ernie Steele, Jim “Legs” Korte, “Hunter” John Harris, Kat Connors, R.O. Olsen, Ry Heck, Dennis “Skinny” Kinnikin,. Those names are just a very small example of our seasoned members. Get with the seasoned members in your chapter and let them know you are ready to help with keeping our favorites in office and making friends with the “newbies” that are running. We will need their help when it comes to keeping/maintaining and acquiring “rights and freedoms” in our world.
Even better call your favorite legislators campaign headquarters in your district and tell them you are anxious to lend a hand
This is how ABATE of Illinois climbed the ladder to become one of the very strongest mro’s (motorcycle rights organization) in the country but it wouldn’t take much to lose this distinction. (1) Lax election cycle could bring us all down, don’t let this happen
Have a good fall riding season but be careful of farm implements and 8’ tall corn blocking your vision of rural intersections.
NEVER EVER pass a farm implement (combine, tractor/grain wagon in front of you when you know there is an intersection or an entrance to a field. We lose bikers all over the country when we get in too big a hurry.
Be Safe Out There
2015 September Legislative Newsletter Report
I am asking everyone who has or has access to a computer to please sign up for the “NEW” ONDGO2. Just goggle in abate-il.org/ then just click on the “Sign Up For ONDGO Alerts” and follow the directions. Rich Kinkade has made this more streamed lined and as soon as Pauli, Ryan, or myself put out an ONDGO it goes to those who are signed up. If you were signed up for the old ONDGO you MUST resign again as he cannot just add you to the list. This electronic alert program along with your Ph. calls and the electronic witness slips on the General Assembly are very efficient ways to let your legislators know our issues and where we stand on them.
The only thing that will come to you will be Legislative Alerts, Our office closing dates, and B.O.D. meeting cancellations. No Spam (sorry spam) (lol), no pop-ups, just pertinent information concerning your organization. for
HB3944, Accent Lighting bill was signed into
law on 8/3/15 and is Public Act # 99-0242. This will allow you to ride with your
accent lighting in the on position which will help as being much more visible at
night helping to reduce a lot of t-bone/angular collisions. ;
HB3539 Poker Run bill was sent to the Governor on 7/22/15 and he has 60 days to either sign or veto it but if he doesn’t do anything it will become automatic law on 9/23/15. When this bill gets signed we need to try to get Cook County included in this language.
ABATE OPPOSES HJR 89 - HJR 89 is a resolution
to President Obama to reverse an EPA decision on the Renewable Fuel Standard
(RFS) has been re-assigned to the house committee on Agriculture.
The US Senate has passed language on the new Highway Bill which has language that excludes money for motorcycle only checkpoint funding, the down side of this is it was only for 3 months. This is the reason we have to keep working on bills such as US Senate bill S. 127 and US House bill H.R.1861 which would make it law that mc only checkpoints are illegal regardless if it was in the Transportation Bill or not.
US House Bills
H.R. 21: To provide for a comprehensive assessment of the scientific and technical research on the implications of the use of mid-level ethanol blends, and for other purposes.
H.R. 2526: To require automobile manufacturers to disclose to consumers the
presence of event data recorders, or black boxes, on new automobiles, and to
require manufacturers to provide the consumer with the option to enable and
disable such devices on future automobiles.
If you don't see you're US Congressman listed on these bills please call them and ask them to sign on to them
US Senate Bills:
S. 127: To stop motorcycle checkpoint funding To prohibit Federal funding for motorcycle checkpoints, and for other purposes, Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation, No Illinois Committee Members and NO Illinois Senate cosponsors
S. 766: Driver Privacy Act of 2015: To limit the retrieval of data from vehicle event data recorders, and for other purposes. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, No Illinois committee members, NO Illinois Senate cosponsors
The reason I listed these Federal bills again is because the Federal Legislators are OFF the first 6 days in September. Please make appointments to sit down with them and talk about our need to get legislators to sign on as co-sponsors and to get these bills passed.
The Meeting of the Minds will be in Milwaukee Sept. 24th – 27th. I hope to see many of you there to learn from and support the MRF. It will be a great place to be. www.mfr.org for details.
Our Favorite candidate for the 18th Illinois Congressional dist, is current State Senator Darrin Lahood. ABATE of Illinois is sad at the thought of losing him from the Illinois State Senate but we are elated that he has a very good chance of representing us in the US Congress. Members of the 18th dist. please get out there and work for him. Spend a few hours and put together some signs and put them up, walk door to door and talk him up to your neighbors, walk with the man in any of the parades he will be attending. That isn’t much sacrifice for a true friend of ours. Having that LaHood name carry on in D.C. is a win/win for us. The General Special Election is Sept. 10th and make sure you vote!!
Remember our Brother in Tenn, Ed Domine is asking for our help in over turning their mandated “adult helmet law”.
Look around this issue for how to help them with a couple of letters to their legislators. It would be great to be able to ride down there with CHOICE.
2015 June Legislative Newsletter Report
It’s getting late in the Illinois Legislative session and we still need to get our bills in and through senate committees and onto and through the Senate floor.
Our Accent Lighting bill is going to be heard this coming Tues, May 12 in the Senate Transportation Committee at 5pm and I expect it to do very well but our other 2 bills seem to be stuck in the committee on “Assignments” and they have to be out of committee by Fri, May 25th and I have some concerns so I will be trying to get to speak personally to Senate President John Cullerton. He is not an easy person to get to sit down with. I have had 1 sit down with him and I consider myself to be lucky to get that.
The 2 bills I am concerned with are the Poker Run language change (HB3538) and the Blue Dot tail light bill (HB4105).
Our DC Trip members are back after a very successful week in DC. We had some major concerns with with NHTSA putting the stats of Auto Cycles in with motorcycles with a few phone calls from State Senator Darrin LaHood they had a sit down with major staff members of NHTSA over our concerns and they acknowledged we had legitimate concerns and agreed something needs to be done before the autocycles are to widely spread around the country.
Along with Autocycles they talked on issues such as H.R. 1861 (reintroduced to the 114th congress) along with its sister Senate bill S. 127 – Motorcycle Only Checkpoints, S. 766 – Black Box Privacy Act, HR. 21 – Ethanol Blended Fuel, along with issues related to Federal Transportation Agency Lobbying Ban, Outside Agency Interference, I.R.S. and their relations concerning 501 (c) 4 organizations.
A big Thank You to the MRF team Jeff Hennie and Tiffany Cipoletti of the MRF for their help.
Jeff went on most of the trips made and sat down with Elizabeth and Judy in the NHTSA meeting.
I am quite sure this autocycle issue was brought up at the Heartland Steam MRF conference in N. Dakota this past weekend and I know it will be at the Meeting of the Minds conference in Milwaukee this late September as it will be on our MRF and our Federal Agendas.
NEWS FLASH: Our Accent Lighting Bill HB3944 went through the Senate Transportation Committee at just about 6pm and it was an “Agreed Up on Bill” which means all members were good with the bill and went through unanimously without discussion. That is the way we like it!!
Still working to try and get our other bills to move but no luck yet nor with getting in to see Senate President John Cullerton.
I hope to have you better news on these 2 bills in the future.
I Hope to see you all (at least a great many of you) at the next BOD.
Ride Safe, Ride Free
ABATE of Illinois SUPPORTS HB3538 - Poker run/Gaming bill
Synopsis as Introduced:
The link for the Illinois House Members is
below, please use this and make those calls for a "Yes" vote!
Our Accent Lighting Bill is scheduled to be heard in the House Committee of Transportation, Vehicles and Safety on Wednesday, March 18, at 10 am in room 115 Capitol Bldg.
ABATE of Illinois SUPPORTS HB3944
We now have a US Senate bill, S 127, which forbids the US Sec. Department
of Transportation from giving to states and state agency's money that would be
used for "motorcycle only checkpoints". The bill was filled by US Senator Jeanne
of New Hampshire and has bi-partisan support.
ALSO, I got 10 more rooms added to our block of rooms for the 3rd & 4th
of March for our Legislative Day.
2015 Federal Legislative Agenda
Bills ABATE is following
Governor Signs - SB 3312
The Governor signed into law June 10th, SB3312, our Poker Run Bill, PA 98-0644
The PA 98-0644 has not been listed on the General Assembly web site so the
Senate Amendment 3 above will work as that is the bill that passed.
ABATE of Illinois
SUPPORTS - SB 3312 (as
SB3290 & HB4223
Abate of Illinois - SB3290 & HB4223 action alert
ABATE of Illinois
SUPPORTS - SB 3312 (as
SB3290 & HB4223
Abate of Illinois - SB3290 & HB4223 action alertABATE of Illinois SUPPORTS both SB3290 and HB4223
It is pretty much self explanatory, a
We also need to file electronic witness slips for this committee. Click on the link below, go to SB3290 then on the far right and click the last box to file a witness slip. The 1st box shows who has submitted a witness slip!
Call those members, get their ph's ringing off the
The Sub-Committee members are below:
Call those members, get their ph's ringing off the hook.
Riders Rights - Main Page
ABATE of Illinois is dedicated to preserving the rights of all motorcyclists - and ATV riders. We encourage riders to become involved in the legislative and political processes by joining ABATE, registering to vote, contacting legislators, working campaigns, and contributing to our Political Action Committees.
In addition to our extensive grass roots efforts ABATE of Illinois retains the services of a professional lobbying firm. If the state legislature is in session you can bet we've got someone there looking out for your rights.
It doesn't stop there, at least once a year ABATE of Illinois sends a team of volunteers to Washington DC to meet with and lobby our members of Congress. ABATE of Illinois often partners with the Motorcycle Riders Foundation on issues of national concern.
Sometimes threats to, or opportunities for motorcycling come without the benefit or encumbrance of the legislative process. With this in mind ABATE of Illinois strives to develop relationships with various agency officials and takes part in related programs whenever possible and beneficial.
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