Legislative Wrap Up
Well, another legislative Session has come and gone.On April 8th @ 11:30 pm the final gavel fell on the 2019 Session.A year that started with the swearing-in of so many new faces ended with the departure of some long-time familiar faces.
Abate of Md. forged some new relationships while hopefully making some inroads in the all-important Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. JPC member Sen. Michael Hough introduced our Helmet Modification Bill (SB 981). His staff members Brendan, Steve and Bob were of immeasurable help throughout the Session. We had enough co-sponsors within the Committee to pass the bill out of the JPC to the full Senate. We were unfortunately unable to secure a Committee vote. We will be pre-filing this legislation for 2020.
House Speaker Michael Busch passed away the day before the session closed. This guarantees there will be new faces in the Legislature and its committees. I predict more changes will transpire next year. Thank You to all our Abate Members who came down and helped us lobby this year. I would also like to offer a hearty Thanks to the COC for its support. The lobbying support on Monday nights from Tribes MC, Hells Angels MC, Kings of Mayhem MC, Chosen Sons MC, Boozefighters MC and all whom I might have left out was a huge help. We will continue to pursue our agenda in Annapolis.
We are starting a New Tradition this year with our 1st Annual Abate Family Reunion to be held @ Allegany Co. Fairgrounds in Cumberland on June 7th, 8th and 9th. This event will be open to the public and is an all-ages event. Bring your motorcycles, photo albums from State Parties of the past and your musical instruments. We will be having a DJ at night and a jam session as well as party games and field events. Hopefully Mountain Chapter will be leading a scenic motorcycle tour of the area. Spread the word. It would be nice to see some old members return and reminisce. It would be nice to meet some new members and friends too. Hope to C Ya There.
Bob Spanburgh Jr.
Abate of Md. Inc.