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Kolman Fuzy

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Kolman Fuzy
State Legislative Director

Legislative Director's Report
March 2017

    As I wrote in last month's article, new legislative sessions have started on both the Federal and State levels.† On the Federal side, HR 701-The Spy Car Study Act sponsored by Reps. Joe Wilson(R SC) and Ted Lieu(D CA) needs to be supported. Contact your Representatives directly or go to the AMA website to send a letter directly to your Reps through them.† Also, Sen 203 and HR 350-The Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2017, which deals with the modification of cars and motorcycles for racing purposes should also be supported.† Once again, contact your Reps and Senators asking them to sign on as co-sponsors and to support this legislation.

    As predicted, more States are facing helmet pushes, the latest being Conneticut.† The CRMA is asking everyone to go to their Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/ConnecticutMotorcycleRidersAssoc and click to send a message of support against their helmet modification.† Also, you can go to www.TheCMRA.com to do the same thing.

    Here in Ohio, a meeting has been confirmed with Reps. Green and Landis to discuss the future of the Road Guarding Bill from the last legislative session (HB 115, last session).† As this article is being written on February 1, 2017, due to deadlines, an update will be given at the next Abate BOD meeting on March 11 and posted on the State website. Also, possible action to further separate Autocycles from motorcycles will be discussed with Abate BOD and the Reps. to see if any legislative remedies are in order. Also, a meeting was held on January 18th. of Motorcycle Stakeholders at Motorcycle Ohio. A variety of topics were discussed by those in attendance (MO, ODOT Abate, Ridin On Magazine, Harley Davidson, various other MC related groups), motorcycle safety and awareness and other topics, road construction, safety initiatives etc. A most interesting and productive session.

    Also, planning continues on the Abate Legislative Seminar, April 7/8, 2017, to be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in the Akron/Fairlawn area (3150 W. Market St, Akron, Ohio 330 869-9000). Please plan on attending this seminar to get geared up on legislative issues and strategies.† Please keep in mind that silent auction items are needed-contact me or the State Office or any Regional or County Officers to make arrangements to get the items to the seminar, and that this event is open to the public-flyer in Outspokin.

    We are getting closer to riding season (for those of you who have actually put em up for the winter), which means we are that much closer to the Awareness Rally (May 6, 2017).† This event jolts the brains of motorists to the fact that motorcycles are going to be out in large numbers and that they need to be MORE aware of our presence. Please gather all your riding friends and plan on attending this highly critical event.† It is rain or shine, BE THERE!!

    Finally, for those of you reading this in the Outspokin, if you know of any of your friends who used to be members of Abate, and have not renewed their memberships, please urge them to consider re-upping, and for those of you possibly reading this in another magazine that are not members of Abate, please consider joining us to help us fight for ALL motorcyclists' rights.

    That's it for now, my @#$$%% computer is giving me a hard time again, so see you down the road. ††

            Respectfully submitted,
                    Kolman Fuzy
        legislativedirector@abate.com
                    614-322-0198

   


   


Legislative Director's Report
February 2017

    Well, we are way past the election, by the time this is read, Donald Trump will not be the President-elect, but will be the President.† His choices for his Administrative Offices will have a direct impact on all our lives, especially motorcyclists.†† Choices for the head of the EPA and the Transportation Department are going to be crucial for us going forward, having a direct impact on such issues as E-15, Autocycles, smart car and intelligent roadway technologies and the Road to† Zero Initiative.

    As far as the E-15 issue is concerned a technological solution may be in the works,† As reported by Bill Bish† in his NCOM Biker Newsbytes article, a hose that would prevent the storing of fuel in the fueling hose is in the patent process.† This hose needs to be patented and make its way into the marketplace, but it does seem to be a reasonable solution at least on the fueling end. Modifying the amount of E-15 in the marketplace would be another critical component to the E-15 situation.

    On both the Federal and State levels, new Legislative sessions have begun. I sincerely hope that with the new year and sessions, a spirit of putting the needs of the people above political partisanship will lead to actually FIXING† some of the complex issues facing the Nation.† I hope this optimism is not sandpapered away by business as usual.

    Here in Ohio, a flurry of Lame Duck legislation passed a bunch of bills, some good, some bad (depending on your viewpoint).† One good one was HB154 which contained a "Red Light" component.† This will enable a vehicle that encounters a red† light that fails to trip as a stop sign and proceed when safe to do so. HB 115, the Road Guard Bill will have to be re-introduced in the new session.† A meeting has been requested with Rep. Landis, by the time this is read, I'll know where we stand on this issue.

    Work is continuing on the planning and implementation of the State Seminar. Please plan on attending this worthwhile event.† A flyer is in the Outspokin. †

    I would like to echo Barb Tittle"s comments in her Region report in the January issue of the Outspokin. Please take the time to make contact with your legislators, in however way is best for you.† At least make them aware of your presence and interest in what concerns you as a member of Abate.† I would also encourage and ask anyone to contact me at my contact info at the end of this article with any questions, concerns, comments or ideas and issues that you think merit consideration.

    Also, taking a page from Safety and Ed guru, Mike Stock, spring is right around the corner, get your bike ready to ride, and consider sharpening your skills by taking a Motorcycle Ohio Training course.† Might just save your ass.† And if you know anybody that is riding without an endorsement, STRONGLY urge them to get endorsed.† It is ridiculously easy and one again may save their ass (or yours).

            Respectfully submitted,
                    Kolman Fuzy
        legislativedirector@abate.com
                    614-322-0198

   


    Legislative Director's Report
January 2017

    I trust everyone had a Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year.

   †The EPA has issued it's mandates regarding the amount of ethanol in the nation's fuel supply for 2017.† That amount is scheduled to be increased by 6.5 percent, from 18.11 gallons to 19.28 gallons.† This will result in an increase in the amount of E15 in the marketplace and a probable decrease in the amount of EO available. These numbers are in spite of strong opposition by the AMA, the MRF and SMROs.† These groups will continue their efforts to amend or repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard.

   †Also on the Federal level, the AMA, MRF and SMROs are urging the Department of Transportation to include motorcyclists in the discussions and planning of the Road to Zero initiative.† This plan aims to reduce to zero road fatalities by 2030. The coalition involved includes NHTSA, the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and The National Safety Council.† Motorcycles are conspicuously absent from this discussion. The questions being asked are, "Was the exclusion of motorcycles intentional?" and " Is a ban on motorcycles part of the plan to achieve zero deaths?" Obviously serious questions regarding both the safety and the future of motorcyclists and motorcycling. These issues are being pressed by all the above mentioned groups.

   ††In Ohio, as of this writing, on December 1st, there was no movement on HB 115, the Road Guard Bill.† There were three, possibly five sessions left in the Lame Duck Legislature, , one would have to assume that no action will have occurred.† Meetings have been scheduled with Reps. Green and Landis regarding this bill. Also, no action on HB 154, which contains a red light component.

    Planning continues on the Seminar 2017, and by the time this is read, the election cycle for new officer positions will have been concluded.† I would like to add my thanks to all who held offices in 2016, and to those who are returning in 2017 and I welcome those new to officer positions in 2017.

    It is never too early to mention the Awareness Rally 2017.† The Rally will be on the first Saturday in May, 2017. Stay tuned for details regarding the After Rally activities.

            Respectfully submitted,
                    Kolman Fuzy
        legislativedirector@abate.com
                    614-322-0198

   


   


    Legislative Director's Report
December 2016

    Greetings, All:

    By the time this article will be read, a few historic events will have transpired. One in the world of baseball, the other more important event being the Presidential Election. I trust that more attention was paid to the election, than to the World Series. Having gotten past all the political bullshit, I can only hope things have settled down and MAYBE some real accomplishments are on the horizon. At least we will know who got elected and re-elected, so we will know who we are dealing with. Hopefully, all our allies were re-elected and we can move forward.

    Here in Abate, we are also facing important elections in December, both on the Statewide, Regional and County levels. Here again, I urge everyone to participate in the process, and install your future Officers. Also, think about throwing your hat into the ring to cover some areas where there may not be anyone in the running. Levelheaded leadership will be the key to this organization's future.

    As far as our legislation is concerned, no movement will have occurred till November 16, when the legislature will be back in session. After the election, I will be meeting with Rep. Landis(who I am confident will be re-elected) about the direction and future of HB115. I will also be checking on HB 154.

    On the Federal level support should be given to the following:HR 21, HR 704, HR5180, HR4715 and HR 831. All of these are House Resolutions, HR 831 concerns the topic of Motorcycle Profiling, which is a disturbing trend that effects all motorcyclists, not just patchholders. The growing harassment of law abiding riders and the various tactics being employed is eye opening.

    Also, a planning meeting has been held to start planning the State Seminar 2017. A flyer should be in this issue of the Outspokin. Please keep in mind the silent auction items will be needed for this event. It will be April 7/8 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in the Akron/Fairlawn area. Please circle the dates and plan on attending. More details will be forthcoming as they are fleshed out.

    Another disturbing trend being reported is an 8.3% rise in motorcycle fatalities in 2015, which I am sure will just be more ammunition for the usual nationwide helmet law push. As always we will with the help of the AMA, MRF and other SMROs will continue to fight against this and all other threats to our freedoms. Remember...eternal freedom demands eternal vigilance.

            Respectfully submitted,
                    Kolman Fuzy
        legislativedirector@abate.com
                    614-322-0198

   

   

   

   


    Legislative Director's Report
November 2016

    Greetings, All:

    Finally, after a maddening delay, fighting an internal problem with my computer, I am able to write this...........

    Recently, Ed Schetter and I attended the MRF's Meeting of the Minds, in Oklahoma City.† The trip out was very enjoyable, with gorgeous weather on both days.† The return trip, was also quite nice, although a little rain did manage to make an appearance.† In between, the conference itself was very informative.† For me personally, I managed to glean some information I had been seeking.† One of the more important topics was that of motorcycling profiling.† There has been an increase in profiling incidents nationwide. A presentation was given in the general session by Dave Deveroux† of the Motorcycling Profiling Project.† He also presented in a breakout session on the same topic.† The bottom line is, profiling is just not a patch problem, it is a motorcycling problem. Both sides of the equation are realizing this, and are starting to come closer to combat it.† Reaching out to COCs in the various states is just one way to accomplish this. Also, to further the fight, please contact your Federal Representatives to solicit support H. Res. 831, the Motorcycle Profiling Resolution.† Please ask them to support and possibly co-sponsor. I have contacted all the Ohio representatives about this, and I ask you to do the same. Talking points can be found at www.mrf.org

    Another topic was a coming push† to have a nationwide helmet law.† This is being fueled by rising fatalities in 2015 for motorcycles, which rose 8.3%.† As usual, having a "safer" accident is preferred by the safetycrats to accident prevention through education.

    The continued push by the EPA to up the amount of E-15 fuel into the marketplace is also a concern, especially since the "4 gallon purchase" nonsense, is being resurrected again.† This mandates a minimum purchase to mitigate the possibility of getting some E-15 in your tank, if you are using a blender pump.† You still will get some E-15, but the theory is that by having† to by at least four gallons, it will be diluted.† Please contact your lawmakers on both the State and Federal levels to voice your opposition to higher levels of E-15, and the four gallon purchase bulls**t.

    Please also keep in mind the State Seminar 2017, to be held April 7/8 2017 at the Doubletree Inn† in the Akron/Fairmont area.† Reservations can be made at:330-869-9000, with a deadline of March 17 to receive the Abate rate. Planning for this event is taking place as I write this.

    And finally, I don't need to tell you that very important elections are coming up rapidly, on the Federal, State and Local levels , and also within the organization itself.† Please do your homework on the candidates and get out and vote your conscience for those you feel will best represent you in the future.

            Respectfully submitted,
                    Kolman Fuzy
        legislativedirector@abate.com
                    614-322-0198


Legislative Director's Report
October 2016

    Hello All:

    I must begin this article with an apology to Outspokin Editor Lisa Barnes.† If she had not called me about this article, I would have totally forgotten that I need to write an article every month and the deadline is the first of the month. Not having to write an article for six months, and with other events intruding on my thought processes, I breezed past the first of the month with no thought to writing this.† Thanks again, Lisa, I will write the words "article deadline" on my calendar for the rest of the year on the first of every month.† Again, I apologize for the tardiness of this article.

    Where to begin?† I met with both Representatives Green and Landis about HB115.† Neither are optimistic about any movement on this bill, this session.† We are experiencing resistance from safety forces about this measure.† I discussed with Rep. Landis about obtaining copies of the Minnesota Road Guarding Law and also the Illinois law to see how their verbiage might help us understand how they handled some of the objections our safety forces have.† I am also going to attempt to set meetings with OSHP, and CPD to discuss their objections to this legislation.† Rep. Landis had offered the assistance of his staff in obtaining the two bills, and he offered to set me up with the safety contacts.† By the time you read this in the Outspokin, these events will have occurred.

    On the Federal level, HR 831, the motorcycling profiling resolution needs more representatives on board.† I have begun to contact the Ohio Representatives to try to get them involved. Also, the EPA is resurrecting the 4 gallon minimum gasoline purchase at the behest of the American Coalition for Ethanol.† This issue was supposedly quashed in 2012, but is rearing it's ugly head again. Further action might be required about this. A Government study on motorcycle conspicuity is in the offing.† This study is in the early planning stages, and aims to address mc crash prevention. this is a move away from "safer crashes". It will examine the impact of high vis clothing and the effects on mc crashes. In Columbus, I met with Zak Davidson, Legislative Aide to Council Member Shannon Hardin and Jeff Ortega, Assistant Director of the Department of Public service regarding the $50 Million grant Columbus was awarded from the Federal Government to develop various smart technologies.† The purpose of the meeting was to convey the concerns of motorcyclists that we must be included in the planning and implementation of these technologies. Those concerns were conveyed, both gentlemen were receptive to my concerns, and the dialogue was established. Another area of interest to motorcyclists was the passage of AB51, the lane splitting legislation.† This now makes it legal to lane split in California.† Various agencies will now have to draw up the specific guidelines under which this legislation will operate.† Stay tuned.

            Ride Free, Respectfully,
                    Kolman Fuzy
        legislativedirector@abate.com
                    614-322-0198


  September 2016

    Hello All:

    This is a report to inform you of some of my activities since I was elected to the interim position of Government Relations Director.

    I have been duly registered as a lobbyist and can now legally lobby on behalf of ABATE of Ohio, Inc. I have begun the process of reaching out to Reps. Landis, Henne, Green and other Reps known to be in our corner. I have had meetings with Reps. Henne and Green and, also, with Councilman Michael Stinziano of Columbus. There will be updates of these meetings and others I am scheduling, at the September board meeting and on the State website. Please, stay tuned. Here in Columbus, one topic to be discussed will be the $50 million grant received by Columbus from the federal government to implement smart car transportation technology. Columbus beat out seven other cities to win this grant. However, there was no mention of motorcycles in any of the eight proposals. Obviously, motorcycles need to be included, and I plan on having that conversation with Councilman Stinziano, and to make contact with whoever is in charge of implementing the proposal.

    Another area of attention is the re emergence of Vision Zero. This concept, origination in the late nineties in Sweden, had the laudable intent of reducing fatalities to zero. This is a lofty goal. The implementation of which is a concern to motorcyclists because of the authorís statement that vision Zero and motorcycles were incompatible, and, therefore, ďmotorcycles must goĒ. The author recanted that statement later. The concern remains that, as with smart car and V2V technology, Vision Zero must also include motorcycles. As more and more cities in the US start to implement versions of Vision Zero, we MUST have a seat at that table.

    Also, in Washington, a legislative measure was in- troduced that addresses concerns about the profiling of mo- torcyclists: H. Res. 831. This is an excellent beginning, now additional co-sponsors need to be secured and a similar bill needs to be introduced in the Senate. Please contact your legislators regarding this matter, and watch for further up- dates.

    To all Region Directors and Legislative Coordinators and to all members, please contact me if you have any questions, concerns, comments or any issues you feel need to be addressed. I value and seek you input. I can be contacted at :legislativedirector@abate.com or 614-332-0198†. Value your right to ride, fight to keep it, please do not take it for granted.

            Ride Free, Respectfully,
                    Kolman Fuzy
        legislativedirector@abate.com
                    614-322-0198


  July 22, 2016

    Hello all.

    I am Kolman Fuzy, a 22 year member of Abate and I am writing this to introduce myself as the new Government Relations Director for the Organization.† I have taken the necessary steps to register as a lobbyist, and I am reaching out to the various sponsors of our legislation and other pieces of legislation that pertain to motorcyclists.† Introducing myself on a face to face basis, if possible is difficult, with the political conventions going on and up-coming recesses looming, but I feel that this is a better way to establishing myself as the face of the Organization on the legislative front. In the meantime, if anyone has any issues, questions,suggestions or concerns, please contact me at:legislativedirector@abate.com or 614-332-0198††

    Ride Free,
        Kolman


 

 

 

 

 

 


April 11, 2016

    After a lot of thought since the seminar, I have come to the conclusion that in my heart I do not believe that ABATE of Ohio needs to be involved in any legislative issues. All the issues we discussed this year have been discussed before. I have not changed my personal position on these issues.

    It is difficult for me to justify myself as Government Relations Director when I feel I'm not providing direction in having legislative accomplishments. I do not believe in creating busy work on the job, at home, or in this organization. I do believe there are others that would appreciate the challenge of tackling these issues.

    With all that in mind, effective immediately I am resigning my position of Government Relations Director. I have considered it an honor and privilege to represent ABATE of Ohio and am very thankful for the experience. I wish you all well and hope you are successful in your future endeavors.

           Regards,,
           Scott "Woody" Wood


LEGISLATIVE REPORT
April 2016

    This article is being written prior to The State Seminar, but will be published and mailed after the seminar. See next month's article for details on what took place.

    I would like to thank Robin Biltz Pickens for all her work on dealing with the hotel on accommodations and for her help in organizing the program. I would also like to thank Mike Stock for his help with the program. Also on the list of thank you is Barb Tittle. She volunteered on getting a keynote speaker this year

    Thank you to our sponsors, Rod Taylor for sponsoring Dinner, ABATE of Ohio Foundation for sponsoring lunch, and Reineke Motors for sponsoring coffee and doughnuts.

    Thank you to everyone that lead a session. Most of all thank you to everyone that attended. I hope the seminar met your expectations.

           Regards,,
           Scott "Woody" Wood
           Government Relations Director
           ABATE of Ohio, Inc.


LEGISLATIVE REPORT
March 2016

    ABATE of Ohio, Inc.'s State Seminar is coming up on March 18 and 19 at Mohican State Park Lodge. See the flyer in this Outspokin issue. I will be leading a session to design ABATE of Ohio's legislative agenda. This will be a round table open discussion on issues we have been working on and discussing other issues we can work on in the future. This is a great opportunity to hear from the members on motorcycling issues that concern them. Please come, just to listen and learn or come prepared to participate.

    Below is a list of subjects we typically discuss.

1. Road Guard Bill, HB 115: This is a bill introduced in the Ohio House of Representatives. It creates a state operated training program to certify civilians to direct traffic in a group ride.

2. Right of Way legislation. This type of legislation would increase the penalties for anyone guilty of traffic offenses that lead to serious injury or death of other motorists.

3. It is currently illegal to wear ear plugs in the state of Ohio. Is there a need to amend this law?

4. Can we improve distracted driving laws in Ohio?

5. Do we need a law permitting vehicles to proceed through a traffic signal that will not activate?

6. Some states have laws permitting motorcycles to drive between lanes at traffic signals to lessen the likelihood of a hit from behind accident.

7. Is there a need for legislation preventing profiling or discrimination of an individual due to being a member of a group, club, or organization?

8. Should autocycles (vehicles with a cab and bench seats) be classified and registered as motorcycles in Ohio?

    These are all subjects typically discussed during the legislative session. These are discussions, not lectures. Participation from the group is expected. If you have opinions on any of these issues, please bring them to the seminar. Any other legislative issues are also welcome.

           Regards,,
           Scott "Woody" Wood
           Government Relations Director
           ABATE of Ohio, Inc.


LEGISLATIVE REPORT
February 2016

    ABATE of Ohio's State Seminar is coming up on March 18-19 2016. It will be at Mohican Lodge and Conference Center. The address is 1098 Ashland Co. Rd 44864. For Room Reservations call 419-938-5411. We do have a special rate. Tell the reservationist that you are with ABATE. Deadline for getting a room at group rate is Feb 17, 2016.

   This lodge has fewer rooms than other places we have held seminars. Make sure you reserve a room as far in advance as possible.

   On Friday evening March 18, we will be having social time and games to raise money for our PAC fund. The PAC funds are used to help the legislators that help us. This is an election year and building the PAC fund is important.

    On Sat 3/19 the doors open at 8:30am. The seminar begins at 9am. We have a lot of good information pertaining to motorcycling and our freedom fight. Included in the program will be a session I will be leading on ABATE of Ohio's Legislative agenda for 2016. Make sure to bring any questions or suggestions on legislative issues.

    I hope to see you then.

           Regards,,
           Scott "Woody" Wood
           Government Relations Director
           ABATE of Ohio, Inc.


LEGISLATIVE REPORT
January 2016

    Welcome to 2016. With the new year is the optimistic hope that it will be a good year and good things are around the corner.

    The MRF has reported that Obama's administration and the EPA have raised the total number of gallons of ethanol that is to be mixed with the nation's fuel supply to 18.11 billion gallons. This is a significant increase from the 17.4 billion gallons that was proposed last May. It is however a significant decrease from the 22.5 billion gallons that was laid out by Congress in 2007.

    Currently the maximum percentage of ethanol that can be sold retail is 10%. The Motorcycle Riders Foundation has been directed by Sustaining State Motorcycle Riders Organizations, including ABATE of Ohio, Inc., to not support the use of fuels more than 10% ethanol without further testing on the effects on motorcycles.

    With an increase in the amount in ethanol being used to mix in the fuel supply, it is possible that there may be an increase in the allowable percentage of ethanol. Watch for possible updates on this issue from the MRF.

    Coming up in March is ABATE' of Ohio's State Seminar at Mohican State Park Lodge. Please forward any ideas or suggestions to me at legislativedirector@abate.com. We are having a contest this year in an attempt to encourage attendance. The non-hosting region with the most people in attendance will decide the location of the seminar the following year. Hope to see lots of folks there!

           Regards,,
           Scott "Woody" Wood
           Government Relations Director
           ABATE of Ohio, Inc.


LEGISLATIVE REPORT
December 2015

    A long term highway bill was recently passed by the House of Representatives in Washington DC. There were a couple of items included that pertain to motorcycling. One item prohibits federal funding of motorcycle only checkpoints. This is an issue motorcycle activists have been supporting for several years, since the state of Georgia accepted this type of funding to do motorcycle check points during Daytona Bike Week.

    Another issue in the highway bill is it sets up a study on how to reduce the number of crashes. This is a study not geared towards safer crashes and should not be pushing protective equipment. This study is looking at reasons and causes of accidents. It is focused on avoiding the accident rather than safer crashing. This is also an issues motorcycling activists have been supporting for years. Earlier this year the Senate passed a very similar transportation budget. There are a few minor issues that will have to be reconciled by a joint committee before sending it to the President's office for his signature.

    After years of pushing these issues it is great to see this issues being resolved. Thanks to AMA and MRF for leading the charge on these issues. Thanks to everyone who supported these issues and contacted their legislators. Together we have achieved success.

    Back here in Ohio we are beginning to plan the 2016 ABATE of Ohio State Seminar. We are planning something new this year. We are planning a contest. The region, other than the host region, with the most people in attendance gets to decide the location of the seminar. We are attempting this after hearing the suggestion to move it around the state and considering that an attendance contest may increase attendance.

    I am looking for any other ideas that might increase attendance at the State Seminar. If you have an idea, feel free to email me at legislativedirector@abate.com.

           Regards,,
           Scott "Woody" Wood
           Government Relations Director
           ABATE of Ohio, Inc.


LEGISLATIVE REPORT
November 2015

    In Washington DC, the House of Representatives is working on The Highway Bill. According to the Motorcycle Riders Foundation, we should expect to see a mark up on it by the end of the month.

    In Ohio, I have been in contact with the sponsor on the Road Guard Bill. He is checking with the committee chair on the status.

    I've also contacted representatives concerning HB 154. This bill refers to proper procedures at a malfunctioning traffic signal. The bill, if passed, would make it legal to treat a malfunctioning traffic signal as a stop sign and follow the same procedures as a stop sign. In my opinion the bill needs to be more clear on the definition of the word malfunctioning. Is a traffic signal malfunctioning if it doesn't recognize your vehicle? The bill is not clear on that point.

           Regards,,
           Scott "Woody" Wood
           Government Relations Director
           ABATE of Ohio, Inc.


LEGISLATIVE REPORT
October 2015

    The following is intended not only for bikers, but also the general public. Please feel free to share.

   Autumn is here. It won't be long until most motorcycles are parked for the year. Even though our machines are parked, the freedom fighter in us runs all year. The biker lifestyle does not have seasons. This lifestyle runs year round regardless of temperature and perception.

    Just because our bikes are parked doe not mean we are not watching for legislation that is in opposition to the freedom of the road. There have always been those that would take our freedoms if we are not vigilant in protecting those freedoms. There have always been those that would put a lid on our heads, or other gear, "for our own protection". There are people that think setting up motorcycle only checkpoints outside of a motorcycle rally is a good idea. There are those that think increasing ethanol levels without testing on small vehicles is a good idea.

    These people who threaten the freedoms we enjoy today don't take seasonal breaks. Thus we stand guard year round. Even though you may not see our machines on the road, we are still here, watching out for the need to go into action to protect our lifestyle.

           Regards,,
           Scott "Woody" Wood
           Government Relations Director
           ABATE of Ohio, Inc.


LEGISLATIVE REPORT
September 2015

    September is here. It's time to prepare for the cold weather. ABATE begins nominations for officers for 2016. If you're interested in becoming an officer let someone know.

   I'm writing this article on August 10. The first Republican presidential debate was just a few days ago. My reaction is, like him or not, Donald Trump has heated things up. The other candidates are more passionate and appear more determined than previous elections. Considering at this point his poll numbers are blowing everyone else away, he has to be taken seriously.

    I see conviction in the other candidates. That is good to see. I hope it spreads to other elected offices.

    Get some riding in while you can. The season is quickly ending.

           Regards,,
           Scott "Woody" Wood
           Government Relations Director
           ABATE of Ohio, Inc.


LEGISLATIVE REPORT
August 2015

    Our legislators our on summer break. They are in their home towns visiting fairs and festivals. It's a good time for face to face conversations with them while they are out and about.

    We have two bills currently in the process on the state level. HB 93 creates a pink ribbon breast cancer awareness license plate for motorcycles. This bill has passed through the Ohio House of Representatives and has been introduced in the Senate and has been assigned to committee.

    HB 115 creates a state ran certification and training for road guarding. This bill has been introduced in the Ohio House of Representatives and has been referred to committee.

    I mentioned HB 154 last month but I had misunderstood an email. At this point ABATE of Ohio is neutral on the bill. After reading the bill I learned that it was not what I originally believed.

    Get out and talk to our legislators. They like hearing from constituents and their concerns.

           Regards,,
           Scott "Woody" Wood
           Government Relations Director
           ABATE of Ohio, Inc.


LEGISLATIVE REPORT
July 2015

    The MRF have been busy in DC protecting motorcyclists rights. An amendment was passed that struck language in the current Transportation Budget that would have allowed the federal government to lobby states and local governments.

    This lobby ban is currently in place because the 1998 TEA Bill had a provision that created this ban. The reason this ban is important to us is that it is the only thing that keeps NHTSA from being able to financially put pressure on states to pass mandatory helmet laws.

    The MRF is also opposing a notice from NHTSA that would change construction requirements on helmets that would make it easier for an officer to determine if the helmet meets safety standards.

    Here in Ohio HB 154 makes it legal for a motorcycle to proceed through a traffic signal. ABATE did not initiate this bill. We discussed this issue at our State Seminar. We will be discussing this issue at the next BOD meeting. We will be discussing whether or not we are opposing or staying neutral on this bill.

            Until next month,
           Scott "Woody" Wood
           Government Relations Director
           ABATE of Ohio, Inc.


 

LEGISLATIVE REPORT
June 2015

    Thank you to everyone that attended ABATE of Ohio Awareness Ride/Rally. Thank you to Rep. Landis for the Keynote speech. That Legislator of the Year jacket looks great on you!

    HB 115 has had sponsor testimony. HB 115 is the Road Guard Bill. Rep. Green and Rep. Landis are both sponsors on this bill. The bill is with the Transportation Committee. Rep. Green is planning interested party meetings to negotiate with us and law enforcement on potential amendments.

    HB 93 is a bill that creates a breast cancer awareness motorcycle license plate. This bill is sponsored by Rep. Hazelbaker and Rep. Landis. It has passed through committee and will now go to the floor of Ohio' House of Representatives. So far this bill has had no objections. If you would like to help on this great cause, contact your House of Representative and ask them to support HB 93.

    The Ohio Department of Public Safety and Motorcycle Ohio are considering changing the motorcycle Learner's Permit process. ABATE of Ohio is very interested in this issue. I will pass it on when I learn more.

    Last but not least, we heard last week that there is law enforcement in the Cleveland issuing warnings for wearing hearing protection while riding a motorcycle. Yes Ohio, wearing hearing protection while operating any motor vehicle is illegal. We haven't taken any action on this law because there hasn't been any enforcement of the law. If warnings are being issued it's time start discussions with our legislators. I informally discussed it with Rep. Landis at the Awareness Rally.

            Regards,
           Scott "Woody" Wood
           Government Relations Director
           ABATE of Ohio, Inc.


LEGISLATIVE REPORT
May 2015

    I would like to thank everyone that attended, participated in, presented a session, and sponsored the ABATE of Ohio State Seminar. An extra big thank you to Robin Biltz Pickens for all her hard work in organizing the event. Great job RBP! Thank you.

    During the legislative session we discussed several issues. I will not completely cover all the points discussed in this article. I will hit the highlights.

    On the Road Guard Bill, it will be reintroduced this year. Most of the pushback we had on the bill can be taken care of with some added wording to the bill. Financial liability in case of an accident is an issue on this bill that may take some work.

    We discussed changing the maximum height of handlebars to making any height legal as long as it can be operated safely. This is similar to several other states' handlebar laws.

    The handlebar law was changed in Ohio to shoulder high 4 years ago. This is not enough time to convince law makers to go the next step. I'm not saying we will be opposed to a bill that would legalize the higher handlebars in the future. It is too soon to make the case that we need to take the next step.

    We discussed legislation making it legal to turn left on red at a traffic light that will not change. We decided not to pursue this type of legislation because of some issues this type of legislation has caused in other states, including battling mandatory helmet laws.

    We discussed lane splitting. At this point we haven't seen a need for making this type of activity legal in Ohio.

    Since the seminar, I have learned of HB 93 that creates a breast cancer awareness motorcycle license plate. I will be providing testimony in support of this bill.

   Any questions on these issues feel free to email me at legislativedirector@abate.com.

            Regards,
           Scott "Woody" Wood
           Government Relations Director
           ABATE of Ohio, Inc.


LEGISLATIVE REPORT
April 2015

    I am writing this article March 16, 2015. ABATE of Ohio's State Seminar has not happened yet. By the time you read this article it has already happened.

    I would like to thank Robin Biltz Pickens for all her hard work on putting the State Seminar together. She really picked the ball up and ran with it.

    I would also like to thank everyone that took the time to attend the seminar. I hope you found it fun and educational. To those that gave a presentation, thank you. You made it happen.

    We had some sponsors that kept us from getting hungry. Thank you to Reineke, The ABATE of Ohio Foundation, and Rod Taylor for sponsoring meals.

    Since this is being written prior to the event, I do not know what all was discussed to be our legislative agenda for the year. Please check next month's article for those details.

            Regards,
           Scott "Woody" Wood
           Government Relations Director
           ABATE of Ohio, Inc.


LEGISLATIVE REPORT
February 2015

    I would like to welcome everyone that has stepped up and accepted county and/or regional Legislative Officer positions. Anyone that is new to the position, feel free to contact me with questions, suggestions, or complaints. I remember when I first became county Legislative Officer, I received a lot of help getting started. I feel it is part of my job to do the same for anyone that wants help. My email is legislativedirector@abate.com. At our State Seminar coming up on March 28 we will discuss, round table style, ABATE of Ohio's legislative agenda. This section of the seminar IS NOT a lecture. It is a group discussion. Come prepared to get involved in our legislative endeavors. I am looking forward to working with Ohio's General Assembly this year. There are several that have helped us in the past that were re-elected. Our Legislator of the year in 2012, Rep. Cliff Rosenberger is the newly appointed Speaker of the House. Congratulations Rep. Rosenberger!

    We are planning on re-introducing the Road Guard Bill. This bill creates a State Ran Training and Certification for blocking traffic during group rides. The previous sponsors Rep. Doug Green and Rep. Al Landis were both re-elected. I am looking forward to working with them again on this bill.

    I hope to see you at the seminar.

            Regards,
           Scott "Woody" Wood
           Government Relations Director
           ABATE of Ohio, Inc.


LEGISLATIVE REPORT
January 2015

    I would like to welcome everyone that has stepped up and accepted county and/or regional Legislative Officer positions. Anyone that is new to the position, feel free to contact me with questions, suggestions, or complaints. I remember when I first became county Legislative Officer, I received a lot of help getting started. I feel it is part of my job to do the same for anyone that wants help. My email is legislativedirector@abate.com.

    At our State Seminar coming up on March 28 we will discuss, round table style, ABATE of Ohio's legislative agenda. This section of the seminar IS NOT a lecture. It is a group discussion. Come prepared to get involved in our legislative endeavors.

    I am looking forward to working with Ohio's General Assembly this year. There are several that have helped us in the past that were re-elected. Our Legislator of the year in 2012, Rep. Cliff Rosenberger is the newly appointed Speaker of the House. Congratulations Rep. Rosenberger!

    We are planning on re-introducing the Road Guard Bill. This bill creates a State ran training and certification for blocking traffic during group rides. The previous sponsors Rep. Doug Green and Rep. Al Landis were both re-elected. I am looking forward to working with them again on this bill.

    I hope to see you at the seminar.

            Regards,
           Scott "Woody" Wood
           Government Relations Director
           ABATE of Ohio, Inc.


LEGISLATIVE REPORT
December 2014

    The end of the year is upon us. Itís a good time to take a look at our accomplishments over the past year. From a legislative stand point, ABATE of Ohio got a bill sponsored and had a committee hearing on a bill that created a state ran program to train in the area of road guarding. In other words the bill created training to teach civilians to block traffic safely and legally during group motorcycle rides. We had a proponent hearing on the bill. An opponent hearing was scheduled. The FOP forwarded their objections to the bill to the Transportation Committee prior to the hearing. The Transportation Committee decided it would be best to try to work out some of the FOPís concerns prior to having a hearing, so the hearing was postponed.

    When we originally discussed the idea for the bill we knew there would be some initial push back from law enforcement. This is why we left content of the training and rules up to the Ohio Department of Public Safety, which is over the State Highway Patrol. We knew and accepted the fact that there would be rules about who was permitted to take the class and when and where road guarding could be done. We also knew and accepted that we would probably have to give law enforcement in the area we would be road guarding in, a heads up prior to the ride. We knew all of these things would be taken care of by the Ohio Department of Public Safety when they came up with the curriculum to become a certified road guard. The FOP wants to have these things included in the bill which is acceptable to us. With the election this year, we just ran out of time to make all the changes in the bill and have it back in time to get it through the committee process prior to the end of the legislative session. The decision was made to hold off on it for the remainder of 2014 and reintroduce it in 2015.

    Passing the road guard bill is our goal for the next congressional session in Ohio. There will be a discussion on the potential on other legislative issues at this yearís ABATE of Ohio State Seminar on March 28, 2015 at Deer Creek State Park Lodge. This meeting is open to the public. We encourage anyone interested in legislative issues pertaining to motorcycling to come to this meeting.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

            Regards,
           Scott "Woody" Wood
           Government Relations Director
           ABATE of Ohio, Inc.


LEGISLATIVE REPORT
November 2014

    November is here. The majority of good riding weather is behind us for the year. Election time is here. (Good riddance to all those campaign commercials we saw over and over again). Make sure you register, do some research on the issues and candidates, and make sure you make it to the polls and vote.

    Now is the time to start planning for next year. We need another good year of making progress legislatively. Please check MRF and AMA reports from other states' reports on what they are working on. That's a good way to get ideas of things we could work for here in Ohio.

    Our State Seminar is coming up in March. We will have an open forum at the seminar to discuss our legislative agenda for 2015. The seminar will be on Saturday March 28 @ Deer Creek State Park Lodge. Come on Friday night if you can. We have some fun planned for Friday evening.

    I will leave you with one of my favorite quotes. It is from A. Einstein. He was referring to the scientific method, but pertains to life in general, and ABATE of Ohio, Inc as an organization. "The definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over again and expect different results."

    Have a safe Thanksgiving.

            Regards,
           Scott "Woody" Wood
           Government Relations Director
           ABATE of Ohio, Inc.


LEGISLATIVE REPORT
October 2014

    The Motorcycle Riders Foundation is reporting that they are financially in dire straits. The MRF is a motorcycle rights lobbyist in Washington DC. When ABATE ceased being a national organization, the MRF was formed in order for all states motorcycle rights organizations to have a voice in Washington DC. They have represented us on countless issues over the years. We need the MRF in order to maintain the freedoms we currently enjoy.

    If you are not currently a MRF member, or have allowed your membership to lapse, please see MRF application in the Outspokin or go to their website at mrf.org. Get the word out in your monthly meetings that this is a serious situation and the MRF needs additional membership in order to survive.

    Currently at the federal level, the Environmental Protection Agency has submitted a new plan concerning the use of ethanol. Last year the EPA recommended a decrease in ethanol production. The MRF's stance on E15 is that they are opposed to the retail sale of E15 until further testing has been done to find out if E15 is harmful to motorcycles. This is just one of the issues that the MRF has been working on.

    Please seriously consider doing what you can to help the MRF stay in business.

            Regards,
           Scott "Woody" Wood
           Government Relations Director
           ABATE of Ohio, Inc.


LEGISLATIVE REPORT
September 2014

    Elections are right around the corner. The candidates are busy in their hometown stirring up support. Take the time to track them down and introduce yourself. Get a card from them, or an email address, or a phone number so that you have the info at a later date.

    Meeting of the Minds is coming up. I am sorry to say I will be unable to attend this year because of job obligations. I look forward to this event every year because it is a good chance to influence our lobbyists (MRF) in DC. I have great faith that we will be represented well in my absence.

    There is one issue I would like to clarify because I still get questions on it. We do not have a ROW bill introduced this session. It was discussed at the seminar and again at a State BOD meeting. Currently the traffic offenses in Ohio that result in serious injury or death are being charged with Vehicular Homicide, Vehicular Assault, or Vehicular Manslaughter. These three charges are not covered by our previous ROW legislation. Increasing the penalties for these three offenses isn't an option as they all can be charged up to, and including felonies. The problem now is not with the law as it is written, it is the enforcement by the courts. What can we as a motorcyclist's rights organization do to request stronger penalties? Exactly what Region 7 did this spring and summer. Find out the hearing dates. Get some signs and stand in front of the courthouse on the day of the hearing and have a peaceful demonstration. Contacting the Judge and Prosecuting Attorney is an option. Letters to the editor of your local newspaper gets some attention.

    Watch out for deer, wet leaves, and slow moving farm equipment.

            Regards,
           Scott "Woody" Wood
           Government Relations Director
           ABATE of Ohio, Inc.


LEGISLATIVE REPORT
August 2014

    Campaign season is here. Our state legislators are in their home districts. This is a great time of year to meet your legislator. Especially during an election year, legislators are at fairs, festivals, parades, and any other event drawing the general public. This is a good time to track them down and talk to them about your concerns. Quit complaining about the government and get out and do something about it. Our legislators arenít mind readers. If you have something that you feel is being ignored or more attention needs to be paid to an issue, talk to your legislator. The officials I have dealt with in Ohio have an honest desire to serve their constituents. They may not agree with you, but they will listen to you and explain their position.

    It is also a good chance to meet the candidates. Check your local news media for meet the candidate meetings. A lot of these are free and are a great opportunity to hear the candidates and find out their priorities and/or agendas if they are elected. Introduce yourself. If you are an ABATE member, wear an ABATE shirt or hat. If they were in office this past session, they should recognize ABATE. Most will offer to help you if they can. Get a business card from them. Take them up on the offer when you have an issue on your mind. The important thing to do in these types of meetings is to make contact with them and get their contact info.

    Campaign commercials can be annoying. Donít allow this feeling stop you from getting involved in the government. I believe that this government is still of the people and by the people. That means the people should be telling the government what to do. Consider yourself the governmentís employer. They work for us. We pay their wages. If we donít like what they do, weíll find somebody else to support. The people (that means YOU) have to get involved.

            Ride Safe.
           Scott "Woody" Wood
           Government Relations Director
           ABATE of Ohio, Inc.


LEGISLATIVE REPORT
July 2014

    Last month, I reported on a section of the Grow America Act that gave the Secretary of Transportation, or their designee, the ability to negotiate with state governments and their legislators in matters pertaining to helmet use. The bill number on this legislation is H.R. 4745. This bill was amended on June 9, 2014 striking the language pertaining to helmet use. We, the motorcycling community of the U.S.A., did it! We convinced our federal government (again) that mandatory helmet use was an issue best decided at the state level. To those of you that made contact with a government official on this issue, THANK YOU.

    Now itís time for a very important part of the law making process. Itís time to thank the officials that made it happen. Sponsors on the amendment were Congressman Walberg (MI) and Congressman Sensenbrenner (WI). Please take the time to thank them for leading the charge to preserve our freedom.

    I have a strong feeling that this is not the last we will see of this issue in the near future. We need to continue to be vigilant. We need to grow our numbers in ABATE of Ohio, Inc. if we want to continue to ride free. Add this amendment to a list of accomplishments. THIS IS HOW WE ROLL!

    Iíd like to clarify a comment I made in last monthís article. If someone tells me they have already done their fair share for this organization, I translate that to them not caring what happens in the present or the future. Unless you want to wear a helmet, IT IS NOT SOMEONE ELSEíS TURN TO FIGHT THIS FIGHT. We need all hands on deck ready to go for the next round of mandatory helmet legislation.

           Regards
           Scott "Woody" Wood
           Government Relations Director
           ABATE of Ohio, Inc.


LEGISLATIVE REPORT
June 2014

    The mandatory helmet battle has begun. Obama has released his version of a transportation bill titled GROW AMERICA ACT. This bill allows the Secretary of Transportation to ďengage in activities with states and state legislators to consider proposals related to helmet use lawsĒ. The document is 350 pages, but if you would like to check it out the address is ....

www.dot.gov/sites/dot.gov/files/docs/DOT_surface_reauth-final.pdf

    Iím assuming most of you donít need to read my opinion on why this is a bad thing. You already appreciate being treated like an adult and able to make the decision on whether or not you want to wear a helmet.

    What I will provide is some direction. To contact your US House of Representative or your US Senator call the US Capital Switchboard @ (202)224-3121. Also contact the White House at www.whitehouse.gov/contact

    We also need to increase our membership to fight this battle. Talk to your friends that are not members. Educate them on whatís going on. Wear your ABATE shirts/hats. Carry membership applications with you. Put up event flyers. Invite people to meetings. Write an article and send it to outspokin@abate.com. Come to meetings. Get involved. Itís not someone elseís turn to do the work. The time has come to push or wear a lid.

           Regards
           Scott "Woody" Wood
           Government Relations Director
           ABATE of Ohio, Inc.


LEGISLATIVE REPORT
May 2014

    I would like to thank everyone that participated and attended the May Awareness Rally. I would also like to thank everyone that assisted in getting the proclamations.

    As of the writing of this article on April 14, the Road Guarding Bill, HB 406 has been introduced, has had sponsor testimony and proponent testimony. Opponent testimony was scheduled, but was postponed. Law enforcement is opposing the bill. They submitted a letter of opposition, which I have read. The majority of their opposition are things we were prepared to be part of the rules to be decided by Ohio Department of Public Safety. This included road guards need to carry something identifying them as certified while performing the tasks of road guarding. Law enforcement would also like to have freeways off limits to civilian road guarding. We were expecting this to be in the rules. We agree with the reasons behind these points and are negotiating with law enforcement on including the verbiage into the bill. There is a question about a section of the bill that gives immunity in civil cases to certified road guards. This issue may take some negotiating and compromises.

    On the federal level the United Nations has issued a Global Harmonization Resolution. This resolution requests all UN nations to increase penalties on certain traffic violations such as disregard for traffic signals and signs and an increase in penalties for non-helmet use for motorcyclists. Consider this and the Center for Disease Control's Task Force report recommending mandatory helmet laws. At this point there is no legislation at the federal level requiring mandatory helmet laws. Just be alert to the fact that this type of pressure exists.

    Hopefully this will remain a transportation/highway issue and control will stay where it should be, at the state level. Hope to see a big crowd at the June Jam. Camp fires at the June Jam are great places to discuss our legislative issues. Right Terry Billy? If you see me there and have questions or comments about our legislative issues, feel free to track me down. That's what I'm here for.

           Regards
           Scott "Woody" Wood
           Government Relations Director
           ABATE of Ohio, Inc.
            woody702001@yahoo.com


LEGISLATIVE REPORT
April 2014

    As of the writing of this article on April 14, the Road Guarding Bill, HB 406 has been introduced, has had sponsor testimony and proponent testimony. Opponent testimony was scheduled, but was postponed. Law enforcement is opposing the bill. They submitted a letter of opposition, which I have read. The majority of their opposition are things we were prepared to be part of the rules to be decided by Ohio Department of Public Safety. This included road guards need to carry something identifying them as certified while performing the tasks of road guarding. Law enforcement would also like to have freeways off limits to civilian road guarding. We were expecting this to be in the rules. We agree with the reasons behind these points and are negotiating with law enforcement on including the verbiage into the bill. There is a question about a section of the bill that gives immunity in civil cases to certified road guards. This issue may take some negotiating and compromises.

    On the federal level the United Nations has issued a Global Harmonization Resolution. This resolution requests all UN nations to increase penalties on certain traffic violations such as disregard for traffic signals and signs and an increase in penalties for non-helmet use for motorcyclists. Consider this and the Center for Disease Control's Task Force report recommending mandatory helmet laws. At this point there is no legislation at the federal level requiring mandatory helmet laws. Just be alert to the fact that this type of pressure exists. Hopefully this will remain a transportation/highway issue and control will stay where it should be, at the state level.

    Hope to see a big crowd at the June Jam. Camp fires at the June Jam are great places to discuss our legislative issues. Right Terry Billy? If you see me there and have questions or comments about our legislative issues, feel free to track me down. That's what I'm here for.

           Regards
           Scott "Woody" Wood
           Government Relations Director
           ABATE of Ohio, Inc.


LEGISLATIVE REPORT
March 2014

    As of March 4, 2014, HB 406, the Road Guarding Bill has been introduced and sponsor testimony was given by Rep. Landis and Rep. Green. This bill creates a training program and certification process for non-law enforcement personnel to block and/or direct traffic. There is law in Minnesota and legislation in Washington and Iowa that in general do the same thing.

   Motorcyclists participate in group rides, a lot of the time to raise money for charity or a benefit to help someone in need of financial assistance due to medical issues. When we have group rides it is common to have participants that are from out of the area and do not know the roads. We ride together to make sure no one gets lost or if there is mechanical breakdown there is someone there to help get assistance. We ride in groups to ensure our safety. Motorcyclists often hear that we are difficult to see because of the size of our vehicle. Riding in groups makes us more visible.

   It is common practice on a group ride at an intersection for one or two bikes to stop in the path of other oncoming traffic to make sure the group stays together. This is not a new or rare activity. It goes on every weekend during riding season in every community. HB 406 gives training and certification to ensure this type of activity is done safely and legally.

   At this point the only group that we know of that are opposed to this legislation is the Fraternal Order of Police. We have talked to other law enforcement that support this legislation.

   ABATE of Ohio is currently looking for people willing to provide testimony in support of this bill. We are looking for charities that benefit from our rides. We are also looking for law enforcement at any level that support this legislation to provide testimony. Testimony can be given in person at the State House during a hearing for the bill and it can also be submitted in writing prior to the hearing to Rep. Green or Rep. Landis. Anyone wishing to testify and has additional questions call me at 937-997-2396.

   Other than that I hope everyone makes it out to the Awareness Rally on May 3, 2014.

           Regards
           Scott "Woody" Wood
           Government Relations Director
           ABATE of Ohio, Inc.


News On Road Guard Legislation
   1-22-14     The road guard training certification bill was introduced today. It is House Bill 406. Contact your legislator from the Ohio House of Representatives and ask them to support this bill.
Regards,
Scott "Woody" Wood
Government Relations Director
ABATE of Ohio, Inc.
Ohio House Members

    ABATE of Ohio and AMA have been working together with Rep. Doug Green on creating legislation that creates training and certification for road guarding. Road guarding is basically civilians blocking traffic. This is important because road guarding is happening all the time across the state. At this point it could be considered an illegal activity. This legislation gives the Department of Safety the responsibility of creating training in order for this activity to be done more safely and will ensure participants are eligible for liability.

    Currently Rep. Green and Rep. Landis are joint sponsors on the bill. They are looking for cosponsors. Please contact your Ohio House of Representative and ask them to cosponsor this bill.

           Regards
           Scott "Woody" Wood
           Government Relations Director
           ABATE of Ohio, Inc.


LEGISLATIVE REPORT
February 2014

    I would like to thank everyone that attended, lead a session, sponsored a meal, provided auction items, purchased and/or bid on auction items at the ABATE of Ohio Seminar. I would also like to thank Robin Pickens. She did most of the organizing for this event. If you missed it, you missed a lot of fun before and after the sessions. You also missed out on a BUNCH of great info.

   Our Road Guarding Bill has been introduced in the Ohio House of Representatives. It is HB 406. This bill sets up a state ran training program and certification process to train civilians to Road Guard. Some people refer to road guarding as blocking traffic. After successful completion of a class a person will be certified to block an intersection during a group ride. Currently this activity is illegal. This bill will make it legal for certified road guards to block traffic.

   ABATE of Ohio's mission statement indicates we are dedicated to improving safety practices. This bill does exactly that.

    I urge everyone to contact your representative in the Ohio House of Representatives and ask them to support this bill.

    Until next month,
    Scott "Woody" Wood
    Government Relations Director
    ABATE of Ohio, Inc.


LEGISLATIVE REPORT
January 2014

    I hope everyone had good holidays. With the beginning of the new year and the addition of some new officers, we as an organization, have the opportunity to make some changes with the long term goal of gaining additional membership. We need to do things that will get the attention of people who are not currently members and let them know we are doing good things and could use their support, membership, and any help they are willing to give.

    A perfect opportunity to help mold organization is the State Seminar coming up on Feb. 1 at Deer Creek State Park. See the flyer in the Outspokin for details. Similar to the past three years, I am planning a Legislative Agenda session. This session is similar in format to what the MRF does at the Meeting of the Minds every year. It is a round table group discussion regarding the legislative issues. The group decides what legislative issues ABATE of Ohio is going to work on and what stance we are going to take. This is an opportunity in everyone having input on Ohioís laws pertaining to motorcycling.

    If you are reading this and you are not a member of ABATE of Ohio you are welcome to attend the seminar as well. Our seminar , like all of ABATE of Ohio events, is open to the public. If you are not a member the seminar is an excellent opportunity to find out what ABATE of Ohio is all about. We discuss not only legislative issues. We also talk about our Safety Education program, state events, we learn about the ABATE Foundation, and discuss and learn about all facets of the organization at the state level. We also eat, drink and have a good time. As chairman of the seminar committee, I will attempt to not overschedule the sessions this year. I believe the opportunity to socialize at this event and to have a few minutes to just breathe is important. If you have any questions for me about the event my email address is legislativedirector@abate.com, or you can call me at 937-987-2396. I work second shift. If I do not answer leave a message and a number and I will get back to you.

    Hope to see you there.

    Regards,
    Scott "Woody" Wood
    Government Relations Director
    ABATE of Ohio, Inc.


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