American Bikers Aimed Toward Education

ABATE of OHIO, Inc. REGION 9

Delaware/Union

Franklin

Madison

Pickaway

Ross/Pike/Scioto

2019

May

 

UPDATE:  "OHIO HEARING PROTECTION BILL"

 

 

Testimony was given by Jim Kennedy and myself last Tuesday 05/06/2019 in favor of HB129, the ear plug bill. It was voted out of committee and awaits a call up for a vote by the House.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Kolman Fuzy

legislativedirector@abate.com

614-332-0198

Greetings, All:

As I stated in last month's article, we are now in "riding season" and that includes the Awareness Rally on May 4th. Because I am writing this before the actual event, I cannot give a report till next month's article. However, I have the hope and expectation of great weather, and an impressive turnout, with a very effective message to the roadway users about the need to be alert to the presence of motorcycles on Ohio's roads and streets-WATCH OUT FOR MOTORCYCLES, LOOK TWICE SAVE A LIFE! A report will be in July's article.

Also, referring my previous article, we need to support H. Res 255, the Federal profiling legislation introduced in the House. This is the companion resolution passed by the Senate in 2018. We need to contact our Representatives to ask them to sign on as co-sponsors and to support this legislation.As far as profiling legislation in Ohio is concerned, I had a productive meeting with Rep. Green regarding this and he gave me some good advice on how to proceed. More meetings will ensue, but the key is actually introducing legislation, and we will be revisiting Rep. McClain regarding this. Rep Green does not want to introduce because if he introduces the legislation, it cannot be heard by the Transportation Committee, of which he is Chairman. We approached Rep. McClain about this previously, and we will confer again with him about introducing. More details as they unfold.

On the Federal legislative agenda, E-15 and it's year round sale is still a concern, as is the definition of a motorcycle, lane splitting, helmet mandates and other issues are on the radar and are being addressed.

 In Ohio the ear plug, "hearing protection" legislation I have been mentioning, was added to the House Transportation Budget as an amendment, but was removed in the Senate version. It has now been reintroduced as HB 129, where testimony will be happening in as little as a week from this writing. Abate will be testifying in support of this bill, as we feel that motorcyclists should have the right to wear ear plugs to protect their hearing if they so choose. Once again, details of this bill's journey will be passed on as they become available.

Bike nights are also beginning, offering an excellent opportunity to interact with other riders, especially those who don't ride a Harley and may be younger. Abate will be at the AMA Bike Night on May 18, which is a way cool event, and here in Franklin County, we will be at QFM's Bike Nights on Thursdays, and we have been at events at Buckeye City, and Independent Motorsports and also Moto Ohio.. Thanks to all these organizations for including Abate in their plans and events.

Coming up, the annual MRF Bikers in The Beltway lobbying day in Washington DC gives SMROs the chance to ride to DC and make our presence known to our legislators and to educate them about motorcycle issues and to ask for their support. This event grows every year, and is an excellent way to really see how our government functions (or doesn't) and is a great way to make a difference. I encourage everyone to participate at least once, if you can.

Well, I'm going to wrap this up, get out and ride-dodge the potholes, keep your head on a swivel, watch out for the dumbasses and stay safe.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Kolman Fuzy

legislativedirector@abate.com

614-332-0198

 

April

Greetings, All:

Now it begins-the "official beginning" of riding season, i.e., Spring! For those of us who have not stopped riding, its full bore, less gear to wear and more bang for the buck. This also means the the Awareness Rally is just a month away, flyers have been in the Outspokin, Ridin On and Thunder Roads magazines. This annual event is Abate's way of starting "May as Motorcycle Awareness Month in Ohio", and is a powerful message to ALL roadway users that motorcycles are back on the roads in numbers and we DEMAND THEIR UNDIVIDED ATTENTION!!. This is a matter of life and death for motorcyclists and we deserve it. I plan on seeing an excellent turnout for this rain or shine event on May 4, 2019 at AD Farrow, Rts. 36/37 and I-71 North. Police escorted ride to the State Capitol Building leaves at Noon SHARP, registration begins at 9:30.Proclamations will be read and a ceremony kicking off Motorcycle Awareness Month in Ohio will be held.

On the topic of safety, no matter where you fall on the Ohio Gas Tax increase issue, you have to agree that Ohio's roads are in atrocious condition and something must be done to get us safer roadways. I for one am tired of weaving around potholes like a drunken sailor in order to keep from wrecking on some of our craters. Our legislators need to make the tough choices to allocate the funds to achieve the funding necessary to accomplish this. As an avid and active motorcyclist, once again my safety and that of my fellow riders is at stake here!!

Legislatively, in Ohio, the ear plug/hearing protection bill was added to the House Transportation Budget as an amendment, where it passed when the House passed the Budget. It is now on the Senate side, but I am unsure if it has been added as an amendment in that Chamber. At this writing, the two Chambers are trying to reconcile their different Budgets to arrive at an acceptable number to send to the Governor.

As far as the profiling issue in Ohio is concerned, there is very little movement, and patience is necessary. While the parties involved are by no means satisfied as to where we are at the moment, the COC and Abate, are continuing to explore options to get action on this issue. Please remember that this is a process, and just because one State or another has passed legislation, things are different in each State and what has worked in one locale may or may not work here. We will continue to persevere.

On the Federal level,Congressmen Walberg, Burgess,Pocan and Petersen have introduced H. Res. 255, the motorcyclist's profiling resolution for the 116th Congress. This bipartisan resolution contains the same language that the U.S. Senate passed in December of 2018. Please contact your Congressperson and ask them to sign on as a cosponsor and to support this resolution.

The EPA has released it's proposed rule that lifts the summertime ban on higher ethanol blends of gasoline, particularly E-15, which contains 50% more ethanol than E-10. This is something every motorcyclist should oppose, as it can lead to mis-fueling. Please be very careful when you travel out of state, read the labels on the pump you are using carefully, and be on the lookout for "unleaded 88", which is being promoted by Growth Energy, an ethanol marketing organization, in an effort to help retailers sell more E-15. They are trying to emphasize octane rating over ethanol content, which could mislead consumers into filling up with E-15. Use extreme caution and oppose the year round sale of E-15!

The MRF, AMA and SMROS (Abate of Ohio, Inc.) continue to monitor the autonomous vehicle situation as it applies to motorcycles and motorcyclists. As stated before, the planning, implementation and application of these new technologies must include us, and more importantly, work for and with us to once again, insure our safety.

An event coming up in May that I am looking forward to is the Bikers In The Beltway lobbying day put on by the MRF. Motorcyclists from all over the country ride to Washington DC to lobby for motorcycle issues and concerns. It is an opportunity to meet with our Legislators to convey our concerns about the issues that affect us and that we are passionate about. Reports will be forthcoming in the July Outspokin.

Well, there are other issues that are of concern, rider education being one of them. As you take the time to get your motorcycle ready for another year, consider polishing your skills by taking one of the excellent courses offered by Motorcycle Ohio and then practicing what you have learned. Even if you do not take a course, go out and practice slow speed  riding, braking and swerving. (Yes, I'm veering into Safety and Ed here), but I feel that it cannot be emphasized enough. And encourage anyone you know that is considering purchasing a MC or that person habitually riding on a temp to take a MO course. Might just save their ass!

See you at various events and bike nights.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Kolman Fuzy

legislativedirector@abate.com

614-332-0198

 

 

March

Greetings, All:

          I'm writing this a couple days after the 2019 State Seminar. For the most part, everything went off without too many glitches, outside of some room booking problems, which were able to be corrected. The facility and staff were excellent, and the food was delicious. Thank you to Laura Byers and Daniel Whitt and Cassie and the food serving crew. Friday night's festivities started with the complimentary social hour and progressed to a spirited evening of left, right, center which raised $217 for the PAC fund. Thanks to all who played. Friday night also included much one on one discussion among those who hadn't seen each other in a while, providing fresh perspectives on our various issues. Saturday started with the free breakfast and plenty of coffee. The status of the organization was covered in the morning session, and in the afternoon our presenters gave us a great look at some of the topics SMROs, the AMA, and the MRF are dealing with. I would like to take time to thank our sponsors-AD Farrow, the Reineke Dealerships for the coffee, the Abate foundation for lunch, and Rod Taylor and Abate Legal Services for dinner. Also, thank you to our presenters: Michele Piko and Tyler Fehrman from Motorcycle Ohio, Mike Sayre from the AMA, Jay Jackson from the MRF and Rod Taylor from Abate Legal Services. Congratulations to Rod Taylor for being presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Thanks for all you do, Rod and an excellent and entertaining (as always) presentation! Congrats also to all the Region winners, especially Cindy Balach, who will never be replaced or forgotten. Lastly, to all the attendees, THANK YOU for coming, and to those who helped get it done, a big ass thank you! Planning has already started for next year.

          As far as the legislative agenda is concerned, the word is meetings. I have had a meeting with Rep. Green, the sponsor of our Road Guarding bill and other topics, and I had another meeting with Lt. Miller of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Government Affairs. Both these meeting were productive and other meetings will be scheduled with Michelle May with ODOT and more Legislators. Regarding the Road Guarding bill, Rep. Green is willing to reintroduce, and Rep. McClain is going to reintroduce HB548 (last session #), the Hearing Protection bill. As developments occur, information will be passed on. Other issues: E-15, profiling, autonomous vehicles, RPM Act, and other issues will be monitored and dealt with.

          The Awareness Rally is rapidly approaching-May 4, 2019. It kicks off May as "Motorcycle Awareness Month in Ohio"; and is the most important event Abate is involved in. It rolls, rain or shine, so pencil in the date and plan on attending and bring ALL your riding friends. The After Rally Party will be at Victorys on S. High St. Be there as well.

          Also in May, I will be riding to Washington DC to take part in the MRF's Bikers Inside The Beltway lobbying day. This event involves a opportunity for motorcyclists to gather and in a blitzkrieg, lobby Congress about our concerns. It grows every year, and I'm sure this year's will be the biggest yet. If you have never done this, I heartily recommend the experience.

          As always, if anyone has any topics of concern, please bring them to my attention.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Kolman Fuzy

legislativedirector@abate.com

614-332-0198

 

 

January/February

Greetings All:

          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.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Kolman Fuzy

legislativedirector@abate.com

614-332-0198

 

 

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