A publication supporting the rights, safety and freedom of all motorcyclists through education and not legislation. FEBRUARY 2011
VOLUME XIX, ISSUE XI
ABATE of AZ. 7509 N. 12th St, #200 Phoenix, AZ 85020
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Legislative Session Begins
With the 2011 State and Congressional Legislative Sessions beginning, our main focus needs to be on what Bills it is we are going to be running this year and what it is we need to address at the Federal level as well. And it is. But, along with our main focus, we also are taking time to be supportive and giving of ourselves, and our prayers, to all of those involved in the horrible tragedy in Tucson. Congresswoman “Gabby” Giffords is a true friend of motorcyclists everywhere. We wish her the very best in her recovery from a gun-
shot wound to her head. As an Arizona State Rep and then a State Senator, Gabby always supported the Motorcycle Lobby Teams efforts and legislation throughout her stay in these positions. Gabby also attended our Motorcycle Freedom Rally as a guest speaker and held a town hall meeting for motorcyclists in District 8 Tucson area, while running for Congress, to share her goals and plans with all of us during her campaign. But even more importantly, after Gabby was elected to Congress, she along with a Congressman from Texas, started the first ever ‘Motorcycle Caucus’ in Washington, working closely with our MRF Lobbyist Jeff Hennie, to make things better for motorcyclists at the federal level. My last reports on 2011 legislation being introduced, talked about us running a Bill to close the HIPPA Loophole. Background information as to the purpose of that bill is that as part of the 1996 Kennedy-Kassebaum Bill, insurance companies were no longer able to discriminate, denying coverage to persons based on their choice of activities or mode of transportation (i.e. motorcycle). However for the past 10 years or more, Congress has been trying to pass a Bill to 'close the loophole' that insur-
ance companies can use, which is denial of claim settlement, based on the 'Source of Injury' (i.e. motorcycle and other activities). With Congress's failure to do so, many states have been 'closing the HIPPA loophole' at the state level. Senator Nelson has agreed to sponsor our Bill. Our Bill will have a Reference Title: insurance; unfair discrimination; motorcycles We will be adding a ‘definition’ under ‘Unfair discrimination definitions’ that states: - “A health care insurer shall not deny health care coverage to any individual based solely on that individual’s casual or nonprofessional participation in the activity of motorcycling.” We will be adding a ‘paragraph’ under ‘Unfair claim settlement practices’ that states: - “Denying medical benefits under health care coverage to any covered individual based solely on that individual’s casual or nonprofessional participation in the activity of motorcycling.”
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Mission Statement We will lobby and educate the government and the general public to promote motorcycling in a safe and positive image. We will endeavor to enlist the cooperation and participation of all organizations and individuals who share a similar interest in preserving our American tradition of
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State Board Meeting Minutes January 2, 2011 Board members in attendance: Rick Henry (East Valley), Bill Hensler (High Country), Bill Baxter ( Mohave), Eric Hampton (Phoenix-Shadow Mountain), Sean Pinder (Southern Arizona), and Bev Sanchez (proxy for Yavapai). Call to order: Pledge of Allegiance and moment of silence led by Joe Ferrucci. Evidence provided to the board to allow Bev Sanchez to serve as proxy for Yavapai Chapter. ABATE of AZ By-Laws: 3.03 ORGANIZATION: The Board of Directors shall, by majority vote, elect a Chair of the Board of Directors. At all meetings of the Board of Directors the Chair or, if absent, an interim chosen by a majority of the Directors present, shall preside. A secretary shall be present at all Board of Directors meetings. Bev Sanchez made a motion to nominate Bill Hensler. Bill declined to accept the nomination. Rick Henry made a motion to nominate Eric Hampton. Eric Hampton accepted the nomination. Sean Pinder 2nd the motion. Motion carried and Eric Hampton is the Chairman of the Board for the 2011-2012 ABATE Board of Directors. Reports: Secretary’s Meeting Minutes from November were read to the board. No changes were made to the minutes. Bill Hensler made a motion to accept the secretary’s meeting minutes. Bill Baxter 2nd. Minutes from November were approved. Treasurer’s Report- Joel Jackson announced last quarter for 2010 was sent to board and state officers. No report for January. Bill Hensler made a motion to accept Treasurer’s Report. Bev Sanchez 2nd. Motion carried Lobbyist Report- written and presented by Bobbi Hartmann as follows: HIPPA - Seeing as how the Federal Bill to close the HIPPA loophole on 'Source of Injury' insurance claims has not passed the Congress in more than 10 years, the MRF has asked that the states do what they can, to pass this legislation at the State level. After obtaining a copy of the Federal Bills language and what Colorado passed a few years back, the lobby team met with Senator John Nelson and his staff, in regards to obtaining his support and possible sponsorship of the HIPPA Bill. The staff, who now understands the Bill language needed, will be doing more research, counseling with Legislative Council and will be getting back to us shortly with a 'draft folder'. Senator Nelson, whose
record of successful Bills speaks for itself, has worked with us and supported our efforts for many years. The folder is complete and Senator Nelson’s office with have the finished product ready to drop as a BILL by the first week of session. Distracted Driving - As reported in November, we have decided not to do a straight 'Ban Texting Bill', and are seriously looking at Maine’s Distracted Driving language instead. The decision was made by the entire lobby team, due to the problems we heard that other states were having with 'texting bans', while at the MRF Meeting of the Minds Conference in September. In talking with Jeff Hennie, MRF's Federal Lobbyist, we found that he highly suggested a more inclusive Bill, similar to Maine's Distracted Driving statute. After obtaining their language and working with their lobbyist to understand all of Maine's related statutes, we've put together the proposed language for a Bill to do the same. We've been talking to some of our legislators on this 'Potential' Bill and had a meeting with Representative Farley on December 17th. As you can imagine, there is much more to do, prior to making final decisions on this type of legislation. We will need to get more background information and facts, and then review that with Rep Farley and others, before moving forward. At this time, we are setting up a stakeholder meeting with DPS and Highway Patrol, and are now looking at language that Rep Farley introduced last year. Emissions - The lobbyist had another meeting scheduled with ADEQ on December 15th. As reported some time ago, the EPA and ADEQ were finalizing additional information requested and are moving forward as planned. As I've
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State Officer Meeting Minutes January 2, 2011 Officers present: Margie Ferrucci, Connie Johnson, Joel Jackson, Joe Ferrucci, Ron Kool, Bobbi Hartmann, and Eric Hampton. Call to order: Pledge of Allegiance and moment of silence led by Joe Ferrucci Reports: Secretary minutes from December. Motion made by Joel Jackson to waive reading of prior meeting minutes. Joe Ferrucci 2nd Motion carried. Treasurer’s Report- Joel Jackson reported since there was no statement as this was only the second day of the month there was no report to give. Last quarter of 2010 was sent to the board and state officers. Membership- Ron Kool advised he had updated the membership sheets.
in the P&P’s. Joe Ferrucci 2nd. Motion carried. Ron Kool showed how laminated cards would look. Redbone advised Avery had a software program for cards but Ron stated he had problems with the programming. Margie suggested we price the difference between embossed and not embossed business cards. We are not looking at laminating the card. Proposed changes to ABATE of AZ P&P’s per Eric Hampton as follows: Page 20, add eighth paragraph: The Designated and Authorized Lobbyists shall keep a log of their visits to the State Capitol and this log shall consist of dates, mileage driven, person(s) with whom they met, issue(s) discussed and a brief summary of what was accomplished. This log shall be presented to the Board of Directors at all of the quarterly Board meetings. This was left for the Board of Directors meeting.
Safety Officer- Vacant P.A.C. Officer- Vacant Lobbyist Report – written and presented by Bobbi Hartmann: See the report in full within the State Board Meeting Minutes on this page. Run/Event Coordinator- Margie Ferrucci announced communiqués are beginning to be sent for “Too Broke for Sturgis” which is July 22-24, 2011 at Mormon Lake, Arizona. Merchandising OfficerRon Kool stated his research found 1000 key chains would cost $708.70. Pricing was considered too high; Nothing being ordered yet. OLD BUSINESS Regarding State Safety and State PAC officers, according to the bylaws of A.B.A.T.E. of Arizona Inc. 6.03 Vacancies; Special Elections (a) “Any vacancy occurring in any office of the Corporation may be filled by appointment by the Board of Directors, subject to the provisions of Sections 3.01 and 8.02 of these Bylaws.” Prepare for Officers Training Session scheduled for January 8, 2011 at the AIAC 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Page 9, add between 6th & 7th paragraph: The Board of Directors shall assume control of ABATE of AZ’s Sustaining State Motorcycle Rights Organization (SSMRO) vote for ratification of the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) State Representative. This was left for the Board of Directors meeting. Sat. Jan. 15th - Star Valley, AZ Barbara Hensler Life Celebration Location: Star Valley Moose Lodge 4211 E. Hwy 260 Star Valley, AZ 85541 Start Time: 12:00 noon. In case you did not know Barbie passed away unexpectedly a few weeks ago. She and Billie were very active in MMA and ABATE and anything that had anything to do with motorcycle rights. Barbie will be deeply missed. Also please do not forget you can donate to Billy to assist in taking Barbie's remains back to Pennsylvania next year at any Wells Fargo bank account #9475826401. Connie made a motion for Ron Kool to set up a packet of tshirts for the raffle being held. Joel Jackson 2nd. Motion carried. OPEN DISCUSSION
NEW BUSINESS JANUARY – State Safety - Form Motorcycle Safety Awareness (MSA) Committee with MMA. This is now a chapter event. Joel Jackson made a motion to leave as a critical timeframe
Next state meeting: February 6, 2011, 11:30 a.m. at AIAC. Motion to adjourn by Joel Jackson. Second by Joe Ferrucci. Meeting adjourned at 12:45 p.m.
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URGENT UPDATE: Motorcycle Day at the Dome (MDATD) URGENT - Due to a Conflict with barricades on 17th Avenue, the date of the MDATD has been changed to Tuesday February 22nd.
grounds, Senate lawn. All volunteer organizations/workers and clubs should be on sight by 9:30am.
The purpose of the Motorcycle Day at the Dome (MDATD) is to meet, greet and converse with your District Legislators and discuss various issues facing Motorcyclists today. Representatives from various Motorcycle organizations and Legislators will attend the Annual Motorcycle Day at the Dome.
A barricaded area is reserved for bike parking on 17th Ave between Washington and Jefferson, the full length of the Capitol grounds itself. Any delivery vehicles will have to enter the area from the Washington side. We have notified TV stations for media coverage.
This event is sponsored by MMA and ABATE of Arizona and the Arizona Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs (ACMC). The date is Tuesday February 22nd from 11:30am-1pm on the Capitol
Your lobbyists cannot do this alone and we are asking for your help to make this another great year with our Legislation. We are asking that each of you invite as many of your motorcyclist friends as you
Please mark your calendars. "All Bikers Welcome".
can to participate in this important event.
along with their picture and email address
PLEASE CALL or EMAIL your 2 Representatives and 1 Senator yourself, and give them a personal invitation to join you for lunch. Set up an appointment with them to meet in their office before or after lunch if you have the time.
CLICK on "Complete Contact Information" under their picture, for more info and phone
If you’re not sure who your Legislative person is you can obtain their name and contact information by going to the following website:
We will have a sheet with the Legislative bills that we are running for this year at this time on site and at the Sign-In Table. For further information on the event, go to the http://www.mma-az.org/ or http://www.abateofaz.org/.
GOTO www.votesmart.org ENTER your ZIPCODE on the left
GO BACK two pages and do the same for the other two
The Motorcycle Day at the Dome Committee (MDATD)
SCROLL DOWN - to "State Legislative" CLICK on Their Name for an info page
Sponsored by MMA, ABATE and ACMC.
State Board Meeting Minutes (continued) continually reported, the ADEQ and MAG have been working closely with the lobby team, from the beginning. All of us are still looking at this coming to a close by the first quarter of 2011.
Mohave: William Baxter Phoenix-Shadow Mountain :Eric Hampton Southern Arizona: Sean Pinder
Lane Splitting - As reported throughout the year in 2010, there were some major issues with this legislation. Although it passed through the House and Senate, the Governor vetoed it. The number one reason she did, was that neither ADOT nor DPS supported or were in favor of this Bill. One of the biggest arguments was there wasn't enough support for this type of legislation and no support for what it would take to run a test for a year in Maricopa County only. This does not mean that we wouldn't look at this issue again, if these factors were to change. Motorcycle Day At The Dome - MDATD for 2011 is Tuesday 2/22/11 at the State Capitol. There will be more information to follow in the near future. Bobbi asked the board to take the political agenda back to the chapters and get the memberships agendas and report back to the board in April. She stated the sharing of information between states is helpful.
Yavapai: Joyce Rutherford Research concerning PayPal. Eric, Sean and Rick will provide more information at the April meeting. Three bids to be brought back to the board. 1st and 2nd criteria and bids from the Masterlink will be presented in April. Margie made a suggestion the VicePresident be the liaison for the webmaster. This was tabled at this time. Eric made a recommendation to move the web hosting account. Rick made a motion to make an emergency change to a webmaster to not exceed $1,000. Sean seconded. Motion carried. Motion was made to take a break at 2:22 p.m. by Rick. 2nd by Bev. Motion carried. Meeting reconvened at 2:32 p.m. by Chairman Eric Hampton. New Business
State President’s Report by Margie Ferucci as Ross not present. Margie wants the board to take back the facts to the chapters and thanked them for taking these board positions. Eric Hampton advised there is an MRF library that advises language that has and has not worked in the past and we are all here for a unified reason of supporting motorcyclists’ rights. Old Business The board still has not received the Phoenix-Shadow Mountain Chapter budget. Results of election of 2011-2012 Board of Directors from following: East Valley: Rick Henry High Country: Bill Hensler
MRF Rep from Minnesota, Todd Riba sent new language being made by MRF. We are in a holding pattern until the MRF determines the changes to their by-laws. Bill Baxter made a motion we table the MRF rep until the April meeting. Rick 2nd. Motion carried. Discussion and possible action of verbiage and process for Lobbyist succession and possible volunteer to apply/challenge of appointed positions. There was a conflict between by-laws and P&P’s concerning authorized compared to designated lobbyist. No conflict was found. Rick will bring more information on this issue at the April board meeting. Bill Baxter made a motion to drop the open letter of why ABATE is a member of ACMC. Rick 2nd. Motion carried unanimously.
Nominations for State Safety Coordinator and State Political Action Coordinator presented to the board. Bill Baxter made a motion to nominate Jean Cooper as State Safety Coordinator. Bev Sanchez 2nd. Motion carried. Bev Sanchez made a motion to nominate Tim O’Reilly as State PAC. Bill Hensler 2nd. Motion carried. Jean Cooper is the new State Safety Coordinator and Tim O’Reilly is the State PAC Officer. Follow up on 'Discrimination Committee' to assist Lobbyists, from November board meeting. Bobbi Hartmann passed out the report to the board members. She asked the board to take this issue back to their respective chapters for further discussion. Discussion followed. Bev Sanchez made a motion to drop the discrimination committee. Rick Henry 2nd. Motion carried. Proposed changes to ABATE of AZ P&P’s as follows: Page 20, add eighth paragraph: The Designated and Authorized Lobbyists shall keep a log of their visits to the State Capitol and this log shall consist of dates, mileage driven, person(s) with whom they met, issue(s) discussed and a brief summary of what was accomplished. This log shall be presented to the Board of Directors at all of the quarterly Board meetings. Discussion followed with Bill Baxter suggesting Bobbi present her receipts at the quarterly board meetings. Bill Baxter made a motion not to change the wording in the current P&P’s. Bev Sanchez 2nd. One opposition. Motion carried. Page 9, add between 6th & 7th paragraph: The Board of Directors shall assume control of ABATE of AZ’s Sustaining State Motorcycle Rights Organization (SSMRO) vote for ratification of the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) State Representative. Sean Pinder made a motion to add this wording to the P&P’s. Bill Baxter 2nd. Motion carried with no opposition. JANUARY – State Safety - Form Motorcycle Safety Awareness (MSA)
Committee with MMA. This is a chapter function but will be left in as a reminder to the State Safety Officer to advise each chapter. Margie will contact Jean regarding this issue. JANUARY – State/Board Officers – Hold Chapter Officer Training Session(s) as required. This year will be January 8, 2011 at AIAC from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. Lunch will be served. Sat. Jan. 15th - Star Valley, AZ Barbara Hensler Life Celebration Location: Star Valley Moose Lodge 4211 E. Hwy 260 Star Valley, AZ 85541 Start Time: 12:00 noon. In case you did not know Barbie passed away unexpectedly a few weeks ago. She and Billie were very active in MMA and ABATE and anything that had anything to do with motorcycle rights. Barbie will be deeply missed. Also please do not forget you can donate to Billy to assist in taking Barbie's remains back to Pennsylvania next year at any Wells Fargo bank account #9475826401 Sean Pinder would like to see a set time for BOD Meetings due to the distance some of the board members have to travel. Possibly 1:00 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. Bill Hensler made a motion to make the board meetings a 1:00 p.m. meeting time. Rick Henry 2nd. Motion carried. Open Discussion Sean Pinder has a volunteer available for public service announcements. Bill Hensler inquired about lifetime membership for business members which ABATE does not offer. Margie Ferrucci informed the board there will be business cards with no lamination as discussed at the state officers’ meeting. April 3, 2011 will be the next scheduled board meeting at the AIAC at 1:00 p.m. Motion made to adjourn by Rick Henry. 2nd by Bev Sanchez. Meeting adjourned at 4:10 p.m.
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Chapter Reports East Valley Chapter Howdy Arizona! We are enjoying the nice winter weather, as most of you are. We had a good meeting in December, with a pot luck afterwards... man, can our gals and guys cook. Then some of us from the chapter took a ride to Greasewood Flats. Great day for a ride, we ended up out all afternoon. East Valley made a showing at the little girls funeral in Tucson Thursday, along with a few hundred bikes from all over. No problems with the Phelps protesters, it was a huge turnout of people there to pay respects AND protect the family. As we move into the new year, I want to remind all of you to be careful riding... too many car driver pay no attention while on the road. Too many of us are getting hit, we need to watch our backs. Have a great 2011..... Rick Henry East Valley Chapter
High Country Chapter Hello brothers and sisters I am writing this report as of January 15th, 2011, my final day to turn this article in. So, here is my report! So, here I am, sitting here writing this report, thanking God and my brothers and sisters and everyone else that showed their support! It was all about our Barbie doll and our support for our brother Billy! I want to thank everyone who showed up and supported our brother Billy. It made me HONORED to be an ABATE and a MMA member!!! I was so pleased, as I am sure Billy was, of the beautiful job that Kristen and Carol
(our former secretary) did! I was also proud to see how many friends she has! I would like too say to Billy WE ARE HERE FOR YOU! Also here was our new State Chairman Eric Hampton. Congratulations my brother ! CHICKNBONE H.C.C.Coordinator
Mohave Chapter The first meeting of the year was great. We had several newer members present, we were glad to see them. We are planning an event in May to remember "Coyote" details are being worked out. We will finalize location and event at our next meeting. We will be attending the Sweet Heart Run in Lake Havasu on Januray 29th. This event is put on by our business sponser Desert Lightning. The weather is always great and the event has outgrown the Local Chuy's and is ending up at the Hampton Inn in Lake Havasu City. I want to extend a big thanks to Cathiez Leathers in Bullhead City for the outstanding support and help during the gun raffle. They truly make this a fun and enjoyable time for everyone. Our Next meeting is on February 13th at 12 noon at the VFW in Golden Valley Rodney Rich Coordinator Mohave County Chapter
Phoenix/Shadow Mountain Chapter Happy New Year! Welcome new officers! What a great meeting we had for the first one of the year! We had some new faces at this months meeting and hopefully we will see more of you at February 13ths meeting. Don’t forget there will be an after meeting ride we are heading north, details to follow! We are expecting great weather so grab the one you love and go for an afternoon
ride in the beautiful Arizona desert. There were just a handful of us that rode to Greasewood Flats after January meeting, what a great day it was for a short ride.
are posted there, browse through the albums add pic’s if you have them!
It is never too early for this reminder “Too Broke for Sturgis” is the weekend of July 22-24, 2011 at Mormon Lake, Arizona. Sign-up sheets will be available for security, registration, safety, and the bike show which Phoenix-Shadow Mountain chapter is responsible for. This is the 20th anniversary of “Too Broke” and you know it will be a good one. If you have never made it to “Too Broke” mark it on your calendars this year will be a party you won’t want to miss!!
Casey Yates Communication Officer Phoenix-Shadow Mountain ABATE
Our new safety officer Mike Falcone reminded everyone to check the air in your tires and check your tires for wear and tear. PAC report by Tim O’Reilly. Tim advised “Motorcycle Day at the Dome” date is February 22, 2011 at the state capitol. The hours are 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This is being sponsored by ACMC, MMA, and ABATE. Tim advised there will be a Defender Program and passed around a sign-up sheet for volunteers he can call when he needs help with the call-to-action. The more volunteers we have the more calls can be made more quickly.
Until next month, Ride on…
Southern Arizona Chapter I hope you all had a very happy holiday season and enjoyed your Christmas and New Year. For the most part it’s been pretty quiet in the Chapter, no meeting in December, except Dawn had a White Elephant party at the Wildcat House. It was the second annual and a dozen or folks turned up with some strange, and some very nice gifts to exchange. She reports the party was a lot of fun. Thanks for taking your time to get this party together Dawn. We have scheduled our first road cleaning party (I guess you can call it that) on February 19th. Ron will lead the group from Wilmot and I-10 at 9 a.m. and we’ll get started at Buddy’s Bar about 10 for the cleanup. Rich will have lunch for the crew and remember, the more the merrier and the quicker we get done. Please put the date on your calendar.
Eric Hampton- Phoenix-Shadow Mountain Board Rep announced he was named chairman at the State Board of Directors meeting held January 2, 2011. He gave a report to the membership of what happened at the board meeting.
Motorcycle Day at the Dome is going to be February 22nd. That’s where we all get together with our Arizona congressional folks and have lunch on the Capitol lawn. It’s an important time to get together with your representatives and senator to discuss whatever you want to discuss. Of course, we want to push our motorcycle rights but you’ll find the congressmen and women very willing to discuss what’s going on in your area. One important thing is to personally write your representatives and senator and invite them to lunch – on you! We should show up no later than 10 am and you will be getting emails from our MDATD leaders on where to park. This event grows every year and we want it to get even better in 2011.
Next chapter meeting will be February 13, 2011.
See you at the next meeting and remember to
Another reminder, the meeting reminders will now be on the Wednesday BEFORE the meeting. Watch your email for upcoming events and reminders. Check out our FACEBOOK – Phoenix-Shadow Mountain ABATE Chapter, all events and more
Ride Hard Rich Montgomery, Secretary
Coordinator Jimmy Page discussed that Phoenix-Shadow Mountain Chapter was not a sustaining member of the MRF. Margie Ferrucci made a motion for Phoenix-Shadow Mountain pay $100 to become a sustaining member of the MRF. This was voted on and our chapter is becoming a member of the MRF. If you are a screen printer or know of someone who is we will be taking formal bids for our chapter t-shirts.
Yavapai Chapter NO REPORT
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Lobbyist Report (continued) We are currently in the process of getting state legislators to sign onto our Bill as sponsors or co-sponsors, prior to Senator Nelson’s office dropping it in the hopper, where it will be assigned a Bill # and its committees. Once we have a Bill #, you can follow the progress of this Bill, through the state legislature, using the directions at the end of this article. A second Bill the Motorcycle Lobby Team is still working on, is in regards to Distracted Driving. The lobby team has put together language to introduce to Rep Jerry Weiers, who may be a potential sponsor of this Bill. We will be letting everyone know, as soon as these decisions are made. To sign up on the ABATE of Arizona mailing list, to which these updates are sent, please go to www.abateofaz.org CLICK on “SIGNUP” on the left side of the homepage.
Coast to Coast
You Too Can Follow These Bills Through The Legislative Session: LOGON TO - www.azleg.gov
NCOM BIKER NEWSBYTES Compiled & Edited by Bill Bish, National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM)
ENTER THE BILL# - into the search box – top right corner of home page
MOTORCYCLE-RIDING CONGRESSWOMAN SHOT
CLICK ON - “Show the Bill Overview” - to see sponsors, committees assigned, voting summaries for each House/Senate committee it goes before, as well as the floor votes. Everything that happens to the BILL is recorded here.
In what has been described as a national tragedy, a deranged gunman opened fire during a public meeting with constituents by Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords outside a Tucson supermarket on January 8 that left six dead and more than a dozen injured including the state rep who was critically injured with a bullet wound to the head.
CLICK ON - “Show Fact Sheet” - to see the Fact Sheet or explanation of the BILL as written by Staff (once there is one).
Giffords, 40, rides motorcycles and married an astronaut at a wedding where everything had to be biodegradable. She is a centrist three-term Democrat who champions gun rights, lists fiscal discipline as one of her top issues and was reelected in a conservative district when Republicans took control of the House.
CLICK ON - "Show Versions" - to see the Contents of the BILL itself. HTML version is a nicer view, but PDF version is better for print Bobbi Hartmann
As always, ABATE of Arizona officers/members will be kept up-to-date with legislative updates, explanations on where to go to get additional information on legislation that we are running and how to follow our bills through the legislative process.
the Congressional Motorcycle Caucus with Republican Walt Jones of North Carolina.
ABATE Designated Lobbyist
Before entering politics she ran the family tire business, which was founded by her grandfather in 1949. Perhaps growing up in an auto-focused family led to her love of motorcycles. She is a co-chair of
In 2009 Rep. Giffords taped a video message encouraging people to ride their motorcycles to work, saying that she likes to ride motorcycles, but also likes that they leave a smaller carbon footprint than cars. She also sided with motorcycle riders who favor state legislation to ride helmet-free, as she does. Though early reports suggested Giffords was fatally shot, she miraculously survived being shot point-blank through the brain and her doctors are optimistic about her chances of recovery. The thoughts and prayers of America’s motorcycling community are with her and the other victims of this tragic assault. NEW YEAR, NEW LAWS The New Year rang in several new laws across the country affecting the motorcycle riding community, including the onerous new California anti-noise law that requires EPA-labeling for motorcycle
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New Member Referred By: Business Membership: ABATE of Arizona Business Membership is a substantial value at just $125.00 per year and includes (12 issues) of business card size ads, an annual membership for two people and an ABATE of Arizona Business Member Certificate for display in your business.
MASTERLINK FEBRUARY 2011
ABATE OF ARIZONA LOCAL CHAPTERS A.B.A.T.E. BOARD OF DIRECTORS OFFICERS FOR 2011 - 2012 Chairman..............................Eric Hampton East Valley………………….Rick “Animal” Henry High Country........................Billy Hensler Mohave……………………..Bill Baxter Phx / Shadow Mountain…...Eric Hampton Southern AZ.........................Sean Pinder Yavapai……………………..Joyce Rutherford Quarterly Board meetings are held on the first Sunday in January, April, July and October at 1:00pm @ the AZ American-Italian Club, 7509 N. 12th St, Phoenix. Please make sure your Chapter has representation.
A.B.A.T.E. State Officers For 2011 President………..............……Ross Rutherford Vice President.....……………Margie Ferrucci Secretary……………………Connie Johnson Treasurer…………………….Joel Jackson Membership…………………Ron Kool Run/Events………………….Margie Ferrucci Safety Coordinator………….Jean Cooper Sergeant-at-Arms……………Joe Ferrucci P.A.C………………………...Tim O’Reilly Communications…………….Vacant ABATE Products……………Ron Kool MasterLink Editor................ Eric Hampton TheMasterlink@abateofaz.org Web Site Webmaster..............Sean Pinder www.abateofaz.org and www.toobrokeforsturgis.com Mailing address 7509 N. 12th St, #200, Phoenix, AZ 85020. State Officers meetings are held the 1st Sunday of every month, 11:30 am at the AZ American Italian Club, 7509 N. 12th Street Phoenix, AZ.- OR in conjunction with the quarterly BOD meeting.
East Valley Chapter c/o Jeff Gorall, PO Box 20433 Mesa AZ. 85277 Coordinator............................Joe Ferrucci Vice Coordinator...................Jack Batty Secretary................................Jess Method Treasurer................................Jess Method Membership...........................Rick Henry Run Coordinator....................Jack Batty Safety Coordinator.................Joe & Jim Silk Sgt. At Arms.......................... Robert Vasquez P.A.C......................................Jeff Gorall Communications....................Alex Gorall Merchandise........................... Whole Chapter
East Valley Chapter meetings are held the fourth Sunday of the month at 11:00, At the Mesa Tri city Eagles Club. 2314 E. APACHE BLVD Tempe Az. 85281.
High Country Chapter 209A E. Juniper St. Payson AZ 85541 Coordinator............................Jim “Chicken Bone” Mazzone Vice Coordinator...................Billy Hensler Secretary................................Kristen Blakeslee Treasurer...............................Debbie Fickel Membership...........................Becca (Vine) Holyoak Run Coordinator....................Jonathan Lucero Safety Coordinator.................Steve Leonard Sgt. At Arms.........................Ed “Hollywood” Holyoak P.A.C.....................................Johnathan Lucero Communications....................Billy Hensler Merchandise..........................Kristen Blakeslee
High Country Chapter meetings are held on the 3rd Sat. at 10 a.m. at The Moose Lodge in Star Valley. Contact: chicknbone@live .com or 928970-1134
Mohave Chapter 4195 Hwy 68 C-197 Golden Valley, AZ. 86413 Coordinator...........................Rodney Rich Vice Coordinator...................Tom Anderson Secretary................................Suzanne Anderson Treasurer................................Lani Jones Membership..........................Donald Russell Run Committee....................Vacant Safety Coordinator................Vacant Sgt. At Arms.........................Billy Baxter P.A.C.....................................Rodney Rich Merchandise..........................Trudy Rich Communications...................Vacant
Mohave County Chapter meetings are held the 2nd Sunday of the month at noon at V.F.W. Post 2555, 6068 Supai Dr.(off N. Colorado) Golden Valley, Az. Call Rodney Rich at 928-757-9711 or e-mail At firstname.lastname@example.org
Phoenix-Shadow Mountain Chapter P.O. Box 54041 Phoenix, AZ 85078-4041 Coordinator...........................Jim Page Vice Coordinator....................Sandy Hassinger Secretary................................Connie Johnson Treasurer................................Carole O'Reilly Membership...........................Mikki Aaronson Run Coordinator....................Darin Yates Safety Coordinator.................Mike Falcone Sgt. At Arms..........................Victor Grady P.A.C......................................Tim O’Reilly Communications....................Casey Yates Merchandise...........................Vacant
Southern Arizona Chapter 1339 N. Golden Palomino Pl. Tucson, AZ 85715 Coordinator............................Ron Kool Vice Coordinator....................Jim DeYoung Secretary................................Rich Montgomery Treasurer................................Dawn Detelj Membership...........................Ron Kool Run Coordinator....................Ken Lamb Safety Coordinator.................Jimmy Clark Sgt. At Arms.........................Jim Butsback P.A.C......................................Sean Pinder Communications....................Vacant Merchandise...........................Dawn Detelj
ADDRESS CHANGE The email address for submitting items to the Masterlink has changed. We have some bored little kid on the other side of the planet spamming the hell out of us.
The Southern Arizona Chapter will meet the fourth Sunday. We will gather at the Kettle Restaurant, 748 W. 22nd St, Tucson. Breakfast will be available at 8:30 a.m. with the meeting beginning at 10 a.m. FMI contact Ron Kool by phone at 520-203-2323 or email email@example.com
The new address for submitting pictures, run flyers, etc is now: TheMasterlink@abateofaz.org
Yavapai Chapter P.O. Box 3377 Prescott, AZ 86302 Coordinator............................ Rich Kocar Vice Coordinator....................David “Doc” Pratt Secretary................................ Mark “2 Toke” Stabolito Treasurer................................ Paul "Wizbang" Pendergast Membership........................... Patrica Fitzgerald Run Coordinator......................“Longhair James” Venegas Safety Coordinator..................Bonnie “BJ” Reithmayer Sgt. At Arms...........................JD Fillingim P.A.C...................................... Lynda Marie “Handi” Barnett Communications.................... Mike “Dawolf” Ruddell Merchandise...........................Vacant
EDITOR’S NOTE: If any of the Officers are listed here incorrectly, please send corrections to: TheMasterlink@abateofaz.org I will be sure everything is accurate for the next Issue and on the web site.
Yavapai Chapter Meets 2nd Sunday, 11:00 AM; The Taj Mahal Restaurant, 124 N. Montezuma St. Prescott, AZ 86301. FMI contact Rich Kocar 928-771-9293 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shadow Mountain meetings are held on the 2nd Sunday of each month at 11am at the AZ American Italian Club, 7509 N. 12th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85020. FMI contact Pete Mackinnon at 602-315-6950 or email email@example.com
Too Broke for Sturgis Update Hi everyone, It seems like Too Broke For Sturgis is right around the corner. This year we plan on keeping you informed as we get closer and closer. This year is our 20th anniversary and it hopes to be the best ever. We will keep you informed on what's happening with our planning as we move forward. The first update I have for you is, if you have been camping across the street from the main gate in the past years, this year you will not be able to. The Forestry Department has installed permanent signs informing the public that there is NO camping there any longer. I believe it has always been that way but never enforced. They say that the property over there will is suffering from all the campers, not just us but everyone. So they have put up signs to inform everyone that there is no camping allowed over there. From what I've been told, if you camp over there they will probably come by and give you a warning, if you don't move they will ticket you. But no fears, we still have plenty of room within the main event
site. I know that change is hard sometimes, but ABATE has no control over this change, nor does Morman Lake Lodge. On another note, we will be setting up an RV inside the main gate at the beginning of the RV section where there will be an emergency contact person. The RV will be clearly marked with signage stating "Security". If there are any problems throughout the night of after hours, please come to that RV and let us know. So when that karaoke guy starts singing in the middle of the night just come get us and we will quickly solve the problem. Well that's all I have at this time, but keep watching for more information as we get closer to the event. I hope to see you all there again this year and hopefully you will bring all your friends. Till next time, ride safe! Margie F State Run/Events Coordinator ABATE of AZ 602.AbateAZ (222.8328)
EAST VALLEY CHAPTER'S ANNUAL
Valentines Day Party SATURDAY FEBRUARY 12, 2011 7:OO TILL THE FUN ENDS The Goat Head Saloon, 1423 S Country Club Dr Mesa, AZ 85210, 480-464-8030
EVERYONE WELCOME RAFFLE FOR A
“ROMANTIC WEEKEND FOR TWO” RAFFLE TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM EAST VALLEY MEMBERS
Donation request is still only $5.00 per person (ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT EAST VALLEY A.B.A.T.E.) M/C PARKING - DOOR PRIZES - 50/50 chili cook-off contest winner = $50.00
Discounted rooms available at Mesa Motel-6 (North) 480-834-0066
FMI Call Jess at 480-839-9369 or Alex at 480-528-9379
MASTERLINK FEBRUARY 2011
ABATE of Arizona Business Members AAA Always on Time Locks & Security Prescott Valley 928-775-5772
Joetaâ€™s Leather Mesa 480-827-1868
All Clene Carpet Cleaners Payson 928-468-1358
Kitty For Tax Camp Vercde 928-567-0224
Amon Builders Payson 928-474-0689
Kohlhase Insurance 480-832-8370
Big Sky Motorcycles Tucson 520-886-7388
The Law Office of Alfred McDonald Tucson 520-884-5201
Bikerâ€™s Bay Tucson 520-745-4529
La Gitana Cantina Arivaca 520-398-0810
Biker Babes and Beyond Cottonwood 928-649-5995
Law Office of Al McDonald Tucson 520-884-5201
Biker Information Guide Phoenix 602-843-8907
Law Offices of Richard A. Cruz Phoenix 480-628-1511
Brown & Little, P.L.C., Attorneys at Law 480-299-2093
Law Tigers 888-529-8443
Buchanan Construction, LLC 928-978-3291
Mother Road HD Kingman 928-757-1166
Buffalo Bar & Grill Payson 928-474-3900
North Health Center Scottsdale 480-657-9202
Cactus Flats Tonto Basin 928-479-2233
Old West Insurance Phoenix 602-722-6800
Performance Specialists Kingman 928-692-6601
Cathiez Leather Bullhead City 928-758-6592
Petersen Johnson Accident & Injury Law Phoenix 602-650-1200
Cleopatra Hill Jerome 928-634-6701
Punkin Center Bar Tonto Basin 928-479-2627
Continence Center of America, Inc. Phoenix, AZ (623) 977-1212
Red Garter Bar & Grill Tucson 520-325-0483
Desert Lightning Motorcycle Apparel Lake Havasu 928-505-2453
Red Hot Threads Cave Creek 480-945-3458
Doreenâ€™s Backstreet Bar & Grill Chino Valley 928-636-0309
Renegade Classics Biker Outlet Tucson 520-647-9312
Eagle Rider of Sedona Sedona 866-392-0747
Rim Liquor Payson 928-472-2200
Famous Samâ€™s Payson 928-468-0407
Sportsman's Chalet Strawberry 928-476-2411
Gila County Chopper Strawberry 480-789-2933
The Butcher Hook Tonto Basin 928-479-2226
GraphicsGraphics Web Design & Development Phoenix 602-595-4740
The Hog Pit Smoke House Tucson 520-722-4302
High Country Chapter
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A: There are a number of things you should do before too much time goes by. These are normally things that the staff at ABATE Legal Services will do for you, but if you want to wait before making that decision, here the steps to take.
SELLING OVERSEAS Q: My name is Jack Yahle and I reside in Dayton, Ohio. I am a Life member of AMA and have been riding since 1960. I am selling my 2004 BMW R1200CLC, and have advertised on the net on all the BMW web sites. I recently received a EMail from a gentleman from the United Kingdom. He asked that I provide him with some additional specifics, as well as photos of the bike. After meeting his requests, he replied that the bike was exactly what he was looking for. (The R1200 series of BMW's are not plentiful in England.) He agreed to pay my asking price of $8,000 US and said he would pay for the shipping to the United Kingdom. I would arrange for the shipping and he would include the price in his check to me. ABATE members that I
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