2017 ABATE of MD Legislative Update
We are now in the thick of what we do best. LOBBYING! The members of ABATE at Maryland have been hard at work to get our bills we are working in the hands of solid sponsors. (Click on the bill Links to see the full details on each bill.)
Delegate Curt Anderson has agreed to sponsor our helmet law modification bill HB1410, which will only be presented in the House If passed, this bill would allow a rider that is 21 or older, with two years of experience, or completion of an approved motorcycle safety course the choice of whether or not to wear a helmet. Delegate
Anderson did an excellent job in presenting the anti-profiling bill and we look toward to working with him on this bill.
Senator Wayne Norman has agreed to sponsor the handlebar height increase bill SB668. We are asking tor an increase in the allowed handlebar height tram 15 to 20 inches above the lowest part of the operators seat. To date we have received confirmations from the Maryland State Police and the Motor Vehicles Administration that they will not oppose this bill.
Delegate David Fraser-Hidalgo submitted a Must Appear bill HB329 (similar to our bill that would increase our current right away penalties) last year and is submitting it again this year. We have told the delegate that we will actively lobby his bill and will actively carry the blue back around to get co-sponsors.
As you can see we have been busy at the jump and can use all the help that we can get
Remember ABATE of MD is a Legislative organization; why not get involved.
John Robinson. Executive Director
ABATE of Maryland Inc.