First of all, thank you to all who served as officers in Abate, whether it was on a State, Regional or County level. You commitment has been an integral part of Abate's continuing efforts to preserve our rights. You are Freedom Fighters! To those who volunteered at an event, thank you as well. Can't function without volunteers,either.
On the Legislative front, there has been no movement on our Road Guarding Bill. This bill will expire at the end of the current legislative session, and will have to be re-introduced in the next session, if we are going to move forward with it. I will have to speak with Rep. Green, it's current sponsor to see if he is willing to sponsor it again or if we have to find another sponsor. I must also confer with our COB and Executive Director about it's future. The ear plug(hearing protection) bill, HB548 has passed the House and has been sent to the Senate. As I write this, the info I have on this bill is that it has not been assigned to a Committee yet. Once that occurs, Abate will be testifying in support of the bill. As far as profiling is concerned, there has been no real definitive action on this topic. Discussions have taken place with Reps. Green and McClain, but nothing is happening as of this writing. I will be contacting both Reps. to get something moving. As usual, if any new information, or calls to action come to light , it will be posted on the State website and forwarded to Region Directors.
As you all know (or should know), we are getting a new governor in 2019. We do not know what kind of budget Mr. Dewine will be proposing, but new vigilance must now be in place to make sure our training funds are left intact, and no attempt to raid them or fold them into the General Fund occurs.
The State Legislative Seminar will be held on February 1st & 2nd of 2019 at the Embassy Suites Dublin 5100 Upper Metro Pl. Dublin Oh. 43017 (614)790-9000. With your room, you get free breakfast and a free 2 hour social hour. This applies to ALL who are in the room. When you check in, if you have multiple people in the room, make sure everyone has a room key issued, this gets you into the breakfast and social hour. Keep in mind, there will be fundraising activities on Friday Feb 1 and that we need silent auction items as well. See you there.
It is not too early to start thinking about the 2019 Awareness Rally, and the After Rally Rally. Safety does not take the season off, just as some of us continue riding all year round if possible. Further details will be available closer to the event.
One topic of serious concern in 2019 will be membership. We need to increase our membership numbers to continue the survival of the organization. Everyone needs to be involved in this endeavor-go out and recruit new members. Carry an app with you all the time, in your pocket, glove box or saddlebag. You never know when the chance to give it to a potential member might pop up.