Urgent Legislative Action Alert

This was sent to me last night and I thought I should pass it on in case you did not recieve it.

Help Save the Motorcycle Safety and Education Advisory Board and the Nonhighway and Off-Road Vehicle Activities Advisory Committee!! Information Alert -- Help Save the Motorcycle Safety and Education Advisory Board and the Nonhighway and Off-Road Vehicle Activities Advisory Committee!! More Info

Please take 5 minutes and read the following alert from the Washington Road Riders Association (WRRA), about a proposal to end the states Motorcycle Safety and Education Advisory Board. Keep in mind you already fund 100% of this important program through your motorcycle endorsement fee, so any claims by proponents regarding potential costs savings are simply false.

Sincerely,

Nick Haris

Western States Representative

American Motorcyclist Association

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All,

This isn't just the usual alert. This is a BIG DEAL alert.

Each of us pays $25 every five years for a motorcycle endorsement. That money goes into an account that funds motorcycle safety training. So when you talk to someone at work about riding and she decides she wants to play, there is somewhere you can send her to learn to ride safely and responsibly. That way, you and I don't go to as many funerals.

If this bill doesn't get fixed, a major component of that program goes away.

When I sat on the Governor's Task Force for Motorcycle Safety, we recognized that this program saves lives. That's your co-worker, my friend at the pub, our neighbors, our family members - that's the lives we're saving with this program.

It is CRITICAL that you communicate to your legislators - House and Senate - that if this bill is passed as written, people will die. These programs do not cost the general taxpayer a single dime - we pay for them. This is a no-win situation: if the Motorcycle Safety and Education Advisory Board goes away, no money is saved and more people will die.

Please contact your legislators, by email and telephone, and let them know you want these bills amended to protect the interests we pay for from our own pockets. Sure, there are almost certainly a bunch of boards and committees we could live without - but motorcycle safety is NOT one of them.

Send the emails tonight or tomorrow. Follow up with the phone calls on Monday. Let's light up the switchboard and melt down the email server with the voice of motorcycling.

It's time to stand up and make a difference. The motorcycle community is counting on you and me. Let's be heard. -- Ian

Ian King, President

Washington Road Riders Association

Urgent Legislative Action Alert

Attention all riders:

SB 5995, which eliminates the Motorcycle Safety and Education Advisory Board (sec. 46), and SB 5994, which eliminates the Nonhighway and Off-Road Vehicle Activities Advisory Committee (sec 104/105) have both been passed out of committee and are awaiting a “pull” to the floor. It is merely a matter of time until they do go to the floor, as the Governor is putting massive pressure on the legislature to move both of these measures.

I have already made numerous impassioned pleas to the members of the committee and lobbied the Governor’s staff, so far to little or no avail. Here is the case as I have outlined it.

· Both the Motorcycle Safety and Education Advisory Board and the Nonhighway and Off-Road Vehicle Activities Advisory Committee are funded by the same users that are affected by the respective board or committee, making them effectively “revenue neutral.”

· Both are the only available method of true citizen oversight on these state programs.

· The Motorcycle Safety and Education Advisory Board is directly responsible for the high quality of the safety and education program in Washington State, thereby saving lives. This program was identified in the Governor’s Task Force on Motorcycle Safety, so any action that could reduce the effectiveness of that program would be counter intuitive and run against all common sense.

· Both the Motorcycle Safety and Education Advisory Board and the Nonhighway and Off-Road Vehicle Activities Advisory Committee are widely supported by the consumers that are paying for them. In business terms, this is something that the customer wants and is willing to pay for.

Many people are turning a deaf ear to these facts, especially the Governor’s staff. Many members have expressed concern and possible support. What we need to see is a floor amendment offered to remove sec. 46 from SB 5995 and sec. 104/105 from SB 5994. All hands are urged to contact their state senator, make the case, and ask that they offer to make these amendments. I would rather have several senators offer identical amendments than have none offer one up, so everyone needs to hit their senator.

The bottom line is this: The Washington State Senate and the Governor’s office need to feel the pressure of 300,000 endorsed riders articulately expressing their opposition to this legislation. Flood the switchboards and hit the e-mail. It is imperative that they understand our numbers and the depth of our opposition.

To find your senator go to http://apps.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/Default.aspx

Ride safe and legislate well,

"Texas" Larry Walker

Government Relations Specialist

Washington Road Riders Association

wrraleg@aol.com

Everyone keep replying. Do not let them get away with this!

More games in play.

I have concluded a brief review of budget bills HB1216 and SB5222.

Our NOVA funds are addressed in sections 3116, 3124, 3137 and 3144.

I am concerned about sections 3124 and 3137. These sections include language the directs the Recreation and Conservation Office on how some of our funds must be spent.

Tod

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Sec. 3124. FOR THE RECREATION AND CONSERVATION FUNDING BOARD

Nonhighway and Off-Road Vehicle Program (20064004)

The reappropriation in this section is subject to the following conditions and limitations: Up to $100,000 of the reappropriation is16 for the following studies:

(1)The board must prepare cost estimates for creating a database18 of motorized and nonmotorized off-road trails and facilities in Washington state. The cost estimate shall consider the possibility of a database that allows the downloading of maps formatted for the most widely used global positioning system devices, including the feasibility and cost to make global positioning system maps readily available for all users of Washington recreational lands and facilities.. For this purpose, available global positioning system maps shall include global positioning system maps developed by state agencies, by federal agencies, and proprietary maps offered by private companies.

(2) The board must recommend a program for enhanced education and enforcement regarding excessive noise from off-road vehicles. The study must include a review of relevant existing laws and regulations. The recommendations must address the appropriate equipment needed for enforcement, model ordinances, enhanced educational strategies, and a proposed grant program to assist local governments to more effectively reduce the impact of excessive off-road vehicle noise in rural residential neighborhoods and nonresidential areas, including enforcement departments, health departments, or other entities of local government.

Sec. 3137. FOR THE RECREATION AND CONSERVATION FUNDING BOARD

Nonhighway Off-Road Vehicle Activities (20084008)

The reappropriation in this section is subject to the following conditions and limitations: Up to $450,000 of the reappropriation is provided solely for grants to local law enforcement and noise enforcement agencies for the enforcement of existing state noise laws and regulations. Grants may be used to acquire noise monitoring equipment and to compensate law enforcement agencies for staff overtime and administrative expenses. Funds for noise enforcement grants shall come from amounts allocated for the purposes specified in RCW32 46.09.170(2)(d).

Gregoire's attempt to dismantle all committees made national news as a cost saving effort. News said other states had attempted simular actions and failed.

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