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2038 Brenner Rd., Carrollton, Oh. 44615
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November 1, 2022
For Immediate Release
2023 Federal Legislative Agenda

    At the 2022 Motorcycle Riders Foundation’s (MRF) 38th annual Meeting of the Minds Conference held in Des Moines, Iowa a legislative strategy session was hosted by the MRF’s Legislative Committee. The purpose of the session was to establish and prioritize the MRF’s 2023 Federal Legislative Agenda.

    Legislative issues fall into one of three categories, high, medium and monitor. This list remains fluid and can be adapted depending on the issue and political environment.

    Below is a brief description of the issues on the MRF’s 2023 agenda. The January 2023 issue of the American Biker Journal will have more detail on each of these legislative priorities. As a reminder, all MRF members receive a copy of the American Biker Journal with their membership.

    If you aren’t a MRF member click here to join and support freedom and safety for street motorcyclists in Washington, D.C.

    The 2023 Motorcycle Riders Foundation Legislative Priorities List

    HIGH PRIORITY OBJECTIVES:

  • Profiling - Sustain lobbying efforts for the passage of resolutions or legislation that promotes awareness and prohibition of motorcyclist profiling.
  • Renewable Fuels - Advocate for targeted changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) including supporting the universal availability of approved fuel blends, containing no more than 10% ethanol by volume.
  • Autonomous Vehicles - Advocate and monitor any legislation or regulations related to motorcycles concerning connected and autonomous vehicles (AV):
  • Emission Regulations - Engage the EPA & Congress on any activity related to motorcycle emission regulations including efforts by California and other states that endangers the future of motorcycling
  • Definition of a Motorcycle - Seek a more appropriate and up to date federal definition of a motorcycle which reflects the current set of vehicles on the roads today.
  • Crash Avoidance - Promote the theme of crash avoidance versus safer crashing, urging NHTSA and the DOT to focus on crash prevention and rider education.
  • Helmet Laws - Oppose any mandatory federal helmet, apparel, or conspicuity standards
  • Black Box / Data Recording - Pursue legislative language that any collected or available vehicle data is the property of the consumer and in which the consumer has the choice to opt-in to having their personal data communicated to interested parties.
  • Internal Combustion Engines - Work to ensure the survival of internal combustion engines.

        2023 MEDIUM PRIORITY OBJECTIVES:

  • Surface Transportation Reauthorization (Highway Bill) - Advocate and pursue legislative efforts related to the next highway bill reauthorization (expiring in 2026).
  • Roadway Design - Pursue safer roadway design strategies in federal infrastructure legislation or discussions.
  • Discriminatory Legislation - Oppose any motorcycling, motorcycle, or motorcyclist-based discriminatory legislation or rules proposed by the U.S. Congress or by any governmental agency.
  • Vulnerable Roadway User Terminology - Monitor and ensure that motorcycles and motorcyclists are a specific and unique category or classification.
  • Gang, Club and Other Language - Monitor and respond to federal legislative or regulatory activity concerning the usage of the terms gang, club, known associate, and associate when referring to motorcyclists.
  • Taxes - Encourage fair treatment of motorcyclists in any change to federal taxes related to transportation.

        2023 MONITOR ITEMS:

  • Distracted Driving - Work to discourage any/all forms of distracted driving.
  • Sound Testing - Monitor any SAE Motorcycle Roadside Sound Testing or EPA action.
  • International Partnerships - Continue participation in motorcycle-related activity in the European Union, United Nations, and Canada informing the membership of key developments.
  • National Studies - Continue monitoring any national studies concerning motorcycles
  • Exhaust Systems - Monitor and vigorously oppose any federal standard proposing stamping and certifying of motorcycle exhaust systems.
  • Opponents - Monitor private and public organizations that oppose the legislative agenda or mission of the MRF.
  • Tolling - Monitor fair tolling concepts on federally funded roadways and projects supported by federal bonds and issues related to congestion tolling.
  • Lane Filtering and/or Lane Splitting - Monitor and support federal efforts to study and review the benefits and concerns of lane splitting and lane filtering.
  • Emissions - Monitor and report on any litigation related to motorcycle emissions violations.
  • Tariffs - Monitor any tariffs on imported motorcycles, parts, or apparel.
  • Incentives - Seek fair tax rebate and or credits for the purchase of electric motorcycles similar to those offered for electric automobiles.
  •     As motorcycling technology continues to advance, your ability to repair your own motorcycle or seek out an independent mechanic may get restricted as manufacturers do not make repair information or parts available for purchase.

        Consumers are facing this problem with almost every product they own, from their phone, to their tractor and for AMA members, their motorcycles and ATVs. This issue is collectively known as "Right to Repair" and put in the simplest terms, right to repair is the idea that when you buy something, you have the right to repair it or seek an independent repair shop to do the work and as part of that the manufacturers must make the parts and information needed for these repairs available to the public for a fair and reasonable price.

        Fortunately there is a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives, the REPAIR Act (Right to Equitable and Professional Auto Industry Repair), H.R. 6570, that would ensure that motorcyclists and independent repair shops have access to the information, tools, and parts needed to repair motorcycles.

        The AMA is asking you to tell your Representative to co-sponsor this bi-partisan bill and protect your right to repair.

        Support your right to repair in Congress

        If you would like to learn more about Right to Repair, you can read the Federal Trade Commission Report to Congress from May 2021 "Nixing the Fix" which details the ways some manufacturers limit repairs by consumers.

    American Motorcyclist Association
    13515 Yarmouth Dr
    Pickerington, OH 43147
    Email: grassroots@ama-cycle.org
    www.AmericanMotorcyclist.com

    Phone: (800) AMA-JOIN
    (800) 262-5646
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    Consumer Education on Ethanol H.R. 7731 Call-To-Action

        In May, President Biden announced the Environmental Protection Agency would temporarily lift the summer restrictions on the sale of gasoline with 15% ethanol (E15). In response Representative Austin Scott (R-GA) and Representative Lois Frankel (D-FL) introduced the Consumer Protection and Fuel Transparency Act of 2022 (H.R. 7731). H.R. 7731 requires more detailed labeling of gas pumps that dispense E15 fuel. Clearer labeling of E15 at the pump will warn consumers about the harmful impacts of misfuelling so consumers can better protect their engines.

        Unfortunately, most consumers are not aware that these fuel blends may be causing damage to their vehicle. A recent survey found 3 in 5 consumers mistakenly believe that E15 is safe for use in all their products. Motorcycles, boats, pre-2001 model year vehicles, and outdoor power equipment are especially at risk to E15 blends. Please click "HERE" to help us tell your Representative that consumer education on E15 is needed and ask them to cosponsor H.R. 7731.

        Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) have introduced the bipartisan Outdoor Recreation Act (S. 3266) to support and grow recreational opportunities on public land. This act will support outdoor recreation opportunities by directing land managers to assess current recreational trends, thereby improving visitation data, providing assistance to gateway communities that serve visitors, and increasing opportunities for motorized and non-motorized recreation on public lands.

        This act aims to expand opportunities for motorized off-highway vehicle users and will lay the groundwork for the continued growth of outdoor recreation on our nation's public lands.

        Tomorrow, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will consider this legislation. Please Tell Your Senators to Support The Outdoor Recreation Act and let them know that you support this piece of legislation.

        Please share this link with other motorcyclists who want to support responsible motorized recreation.

        Help us keep you updated on the issues that matter to you, take our two-question AMA Advocacy Survey.

        American Motorcyclist Association

        13515 Yarmouth Dr., Pickerington, OH 43147
        Email: grassroots@ama-cycle.org
        www.AmericanMotorcyclist.com

        Phone: (800) AMA-JOIN
        (800) 262-5646
        (614) 856-1900

    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.

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    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.
     
    Red Light Hotline
    614-387-0722
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    bike.report@dot.state.oh.us

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