2020 New Years Message from the Executive Director
As I am sure you are all aware of, a new legislative session is upon us here in Maryland. With the advent of the 2020 sessions there will once again be many new faces there. There have been many changes to committee leadership positions. With so many new members in the House and Senate we are presented with opportunities to explain to these new lawmakers what Abate is all about. We are once again presented with the chance to explain our love of motorcycling and our desire to enjoy the “Freedom of the Road”. We as motorcyclists should have a voice in the shaping of policies that affect our way of life. Our first opportunity to speak to lawmakers occurs with the opening Monday night lobbying session on Monday Jan. 13th. We will meet at Abate of Md. state office at 71 Franklin St. at 5:30 PM.
For those of you who have never attended a Monday night lobbying session perhaps this is also an opportunity for you to become involved in the process. New lawmakers pay attention to the number of people who visit them. Every Monday evening until April is filled with things that need to be done as well as lawmakers who need to be visited. Please consider coming down and helping us make a difference. Regardless of whether or not you are able to assist us in our lobbying responsibilities I will do my best to keep you informed of the progress we are making in trying to improve conditions for motorcyclists in the state of Maryland.
As I try to convince you to become involved I hope that you will do the same in your travels around our state. Talk to people you encounter while riding your motorcycle and explain to them the importance of Abate and National Motorcycle Rights Organizations. We have heavily populated areas in Maryland that are unfortunately, not represented by Abate chapters. The task of making citizens and legislators aware of the concerns of motorcyclists is up to us. Freedom is never free.
Thank you. Ride safe. We hope to see you in Annapolis this year.
Robert Spanburgh Jr.
Abate of Maryland.