04-29-2004

04NR21 - U.S. Senate Designates May as Motorcycle Awareness Month, House Bill Introduced

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jeff Hennie, MRF Vice President - Government Relations
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April 29, 2004

#04NR21 - U.S. SENATE DESIGNATES MAY AS MOTORCYCLE AWARENESS MONTH, HOUSE BILL INTRODUCED

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) has learned that last night, under unanimous consent, the U.S. Senate passed S. 168, sponsored by Senator Ben "Nighthorse" Campbell (R-CO), a resolution designating May 2004 as "National Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month." Campbell, who is retiring at the end of this Congress, has long been a champion of motorcyclists and an avid rider himself. In January of 2001, when the current President was being inaugurated, most Senators were eager to take their seats in the grandstand behind the President. Senator Campbell gave up a prime seat to ride in the inaugural parade in the rain. He is truly is one of us.

"This resolution will serve as a flag to folks across the country that motorcycle safety and awareness are key planks in the MRF platform." said Jeff Hennie, MRF Vice President of Government Relations. "It's these types of things that show our elected officials in Washington just how dedicated and involved motorcyclists are."

The MRF is also pleased to inform you that Representative Marilyn Musgrave (R-CO) introduced a House companion bill today. If you have the time, please contact Congresswoman Musgrave and let her know how much you appreciate her efforts with this piece of legislation at http://wwwc.house.gov/musgrave/. Under the rules of the U.S. House of Representatives (rule 12, clause 5), no legislation can be introduced if it establishes recognition for any purpose through the designation of a specified period of time. The Senate does not have this rule. The bill being introduced by Congresswoman Musgrave will have the same points as the Senate bill, but will not designate May as the primary month. However, all in all this is another significant step forward for the motorcycling community.

The MRF would like to thank all of the dedicated individuals and SMROs that contacted their Senators to solicit their support of Senator Campbell's bill. It is through your efforts that the passage of legislation like S. 168 is possible. As soon as we have an official bill number for the House bill, the MRF will let you know so that you can contact your Congressman to ask for his/her support of this important piece of legislation.

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The first motorcyclists' rights organization to establish a full-time legislative advocacy presence in Washington. The Motorcycle Riders Foundation is the only Washington voice devoted exclusively to the street rider. MRF established MRFPAC in the early 1990s to advocate the election of candidates who would champion the cause of rider safety and rider freedom. MRF proudly claims state motorcyclists' rights organizations and the very founders of the American rider rights movement among its leading members. Motorcyclists worldwide can thumb-start their search for rider rights and safety on the web at www.mrf.org.

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