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Chainsaws, Golf Carts, Lawn Mowers... What's Next?
10/11/2021 9:05 PM

    Over the weekend, California Governor Gavin Newson signed a bill into law banning the sale of all off-road, gas-powered engines, including generators, lawn equipment, pressure washers, chainsaws, weed trimmers, and even golf carts. Under the new law, these machines must be zero-emissions, meaning they will have to be either battery-powered or plug-in.

    This law is particularly concerning because of the status California holds within the national economy. The population and market size that California commands often forces manufacturers to react by changing products nationwide, to conform to California standards. Additionally, states with like-minded legislatures often follow with similar laws and regulations of their own.

    The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) is concerned that this action by California, will begin a cascading effect that will eventually result in the demise of the internal combustion engine and the fuel supply tied to it. During the legislative agenda setting meeting, held at the 2021 Meeting of the Minds, in Atlanta, Georgia this very issue was debated. Working with our state partners, the MRF is currently evaluating how best to address these concerns. The final 2022 MRF Legislative Agenda will be made public in an upcoming American Biker Journal.

    To read more on the bill click here.

From the Chairman of the Board page
Mike Stock
  (10-22-21)         One of the most important events at Meeting of the Minds is the legislative strategy session. Each year, during this session, state motorcycle rights groups develop the federal legislative priorities for the following year. Items are discussed, debated and eventually voted on, with each Sustaining State Motorcyclists’ Rights Organization (SSMRO) having a voice and a vote. Legislative priorities are placed in one of three categories, “High,” “Medium” and “Monitor”. These priorities will serve as a roadmap for the Motorcycle Riders Foundation Washington D.C. team, as we focus on 2022.........( Read more....)
From the Exective Director Page
Ed Shetter
  (5-29-2021)     I am writing this from “Bikers inside the Beltway,” our annual trip to Washington D.C. to remind the people who are here in the U.S. capitol we are here, we vote and will fight for our rights. Washington didn’t look like we are used to seeing it. There was a security fence all the way around the U.S. Capitol Building. NOT a friendly and welcoming sight. But it is getting better. Up until just recently there were fences around the Senate Office Buildings, the House Office Buildings and there were 2 fences around the Capitol Building. I will be a whole lot happier when all the fences are down. Those buildings belong to every American and should be open and accessible as the can safely be.................( Read more....)

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Kolman Fuzy
  (5-29-2021)   Here in Ohio, HB 550 is rearing its head again, with plans by it's sponsor, Rep. Hoops to re-introduce the bill in June. This bill would modify motorcycling training programs in Ohio and is being opposed by Abate, the MRF and the AMA. New bill language has been released, and once we have examined it, and the bill is re-introduced, we will formulate our strategies to fight against it's passage. Also, were are looking at distracted driving bills to see if we can help pass some meaningful distracted driving legislation in Ohio.................. ( Read more )

Joe Pickens

Tired of sitting on your bike at Red Lights
that won't turn GREEN ????
    To enlist the help of Ohio’s motorcyclists, ODOT set up a special phone number & E-mail for motorcyclists for reporting problem intersections.
    When reports come in, ODOT will notifiy signal owners ( often a city or county ) about the situation and offer recommendations for improvement.
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