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10NR29 - MRF News Release - The Motorcycle Riders Foundation Legislative Strategy Agenda for 2010-2011

18 October 2010

Contact: Kirk "Hardtail" Willard, MRF President

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation Legislative Strategy Agenda for 2010-2011

At the recent 2010 Motorcycle Riders Foundations (MRF) Meeting of the Minds held September in Peoria Illinois, a Legislative Strategy Session was hosted by the MRF's Legislative Committee.  As has been done for the past several years, the MRF requested that it be attended by Sustaining State Motorcyclists Rights Organizations (SSMRO) Legislative and/or Executive Officers. The goal is to set the MRF's Federal Legislative Agenda for the coming Meeting of the Minds "to" Meeting of the Minds cycle.  Our Sustaining SMRO partners responded once again and the Legislative Committee was extremely pleased at how aligned and clear the direction from our SSMRO partners was.  This level of alignment will allow for a solid and focused Strategic Action plan to be developed, disseminated, and effectively employed.  Additional features of the session this year was to have the session moderated by MRF Vice President Jay Jackson and supported by MRF President, Kirk "Hardtail" Willard, and  MRF Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs, Jeff Hennie.  Also instituted this year was a one vote per organization policy and those votes were then recorded.  Shown below in the order raised by our SSMRO's is our upcoming Federal Legislative Strategy Agenda. 

  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  • Stop NHTSA checkpoint grant program
  • Increase 2010 motorcycle grant funding
  • Maintain Motorcycle Advisory Council (MAC)
  • Continue NHTSA to States lobby ban
  • Monitor Federal crash causation study
  • Monitor MSF alternate naturalistic study
  • Promote US House Resolution 1498
  • Monitor all motorcycle specific efforts by EPA, sound and emissions
  • Advocate for good distracted driving laws
  • Promote and pass Right to Repair
  • Work with the USDOT to update Federal of definition of a motorcycle
  • Stop motorcycle and motorcyclists discriminatory legislation.
  • Work with Consumer Product Safety Commission to overturn bike ban 
  • Participate in European Union and United Nations Activity


Dave Dwyer, Jeff Hennie, Cindy Hodges, Jay Jackson, Jim "Legs" Korte, Boyd McFail, Larry Nielson, John Pierce, Todd Riba, Kirk "Hardtail" Willard

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