The Motorcycle Riders Foundation, Inc. – Washington D.C. – CURRENT LEGISLATIVE AGENDA

Tuesday, April 20, 2010 @ 11:04 PM
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Lobbying in support of House Resolution 1587 to not include 12 and under youth motorcycles in the Consumer Product Safety Commission Lead in children’s toy ban

Active in the U.S. House Motorcycle Safety Caucus

Championed House Resolution 268 Supporting the Goals of a Motorcycle Safety Month, will be kicked off again this year during our national motorcyclist
lobbying event and national motorcycle awareness event in D.C. May 20th known as Bikers Inside the Beltway

Working to repair the loophole in the HIPAA Health Insurance loophole where a motorcyclist cannot be denied insurance if he/she rides a motorcycle but they can be denied coverage if injured, Championed House Resolution 1253 known as the Health Insurance Restrictions and Limitations Clarification Act of 2009 which know requires insurance companies to inform you up front if they intend to deny health benefits due to mechanism of injury (motorcycle riding)

Supporting House Resolution 2057 Right to Repair Bill which would require OEM manufacturers to make diagnostic tools, training, and software available to the general public

MRF observing and weighing in on Senate Bill 1938 on distracted driving (wary of federal blackmail provisions so not supporting at this time)

Working with the Federal Department of Transportation to define two and three wheeled motorcycles

Major emphasis on the Highway Bill ( known as ISTEA and TEALU in previous versions), lobbying to maintain the 25 million dollar motorcycle safety grant program over 5 years to states with qualifying motorcycle safety programs (all 50 were successful), maintain the Motorcycle Advisory Council within the Federal Highway Administration (MRF has a seat), extend the ban on NHTSA lobbying states directly, maintain HOV lane access on al federally funded roads

Working with all committees and subcommittees in the Senate to avoid federal helmet usage mandates

Monitoring the Crash Causation study, do not support the NHTSA study, supporting the MIC/MSF Naturalistic study

Carefully monitoring statistics published by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Highway Insurance Loss Data Institute who recently made the following comments regarding motorcycles “Horsepower is bad enough, cheap horsepower is even worse”

Meeting regularly with Officials from the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), the DOT (Department of Transportation), and the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board), and the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)

Hold two seats on the Transportation Research Board in Washington D.C.

Monitoring the 2010 Census data

Working with State Motorcycle Rights Organizations daily on issues in their states such as New York City’s Silent Night proposal 416-a, NH motorcycle Sound bills

The MRF is a member of the International Motorcycle Cooperation Group with a presence in the United Nations and the European Union, seat held by the President of the MRF to remain vigilant and to influence these bodies.

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