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For Immediate Release

27 April 2009

Contact: Jeff Hennie, MRF Vice President of Government Relations
Email: jeff at


On Thursday, April 23, 2009, Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) Vice
President of Government Relations Jeff Hennie, along with ABATE of
Illinois Legislative Coordinator Bob Ward and ABATE of Illinois Board
Member Rick Olsen, sat down with newly seated Secretary of Transportation
Ray LaHood to discuss the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and
its role with the motorcycle community.

Secretary LaHood previously served in the U.S. House of Representatives,
where he was a strong champion of motorcycling on many fronts. He is a
past recipient of the MRF's highest congressional honor, the MRF Champion
award. The award is given to members of the U.S. Congress who display
extreme dedication to motorcyclists. So it comes as no surprise that he
pledged to continue that role in his new position.

Discussion topics during the MRF and ABATE of Illinois' meeting with
Secretary LaHood included the recent National Transportation Safety
Board's activities lobbying state committees for helmet laws, the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration's quarterly meetings and 2010 funds,
and the Federal Highway Administration's Motorcycle Advisory Council. The
Secretary promised an open-door policy for motorcyclists and invited us to
contact him with any issues with which he might be helpful.

We at the MRF look forward to working closely with Secretary LaHood, and
wish him the very best as he takes on the challenging role of overseeing
our nation's entire transportation system.

Technical Correction

Last week the MRF sent out a report about the Consumer Product Safety
Commission and the stay of enforcement offered to the manufacturers and
retailers of youth ATVs and motorcycles. That 2 year stay will actually
not begin until the commissioners cast another ballot vote in favor of the
stay. What that means is that at this point it is still illegal to sell
the youth ATVs and motorcycles under US law. It is expected that the staff
will follow the commissioner recommendations to grant the stay and that
the vote will occur in the coming weeks.

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in 1987, is a membership-based, national motorcyclists' rights organization headquartered in Washington, DC. The first motorcyclists'
rights organization to establish a full-time presence in Washington, DC, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation is the only Washington voice devoted
exclusively to the street rider. The MRF established MRFPAC in the early 1990s to advocate the election of candidates who would champion the cause
of rider safety and rider freedom.

The MRF proudly claims state motorcyclists' rights organizations and the very founders of the American riders' rights movement among its leading
members. The MRF is involved in federal and state legislation and regulations, motorcycling safety education, training, and public
awareness. The MRF provides members and state motorcyclists' rights organizations with direction and information, and sponsors annual regional
and national educational seminars for motorcyclists rights activists, as well as publishing a bi-monthly newsletter, THE MRF REPORTS.