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are working hard to get back their liberty. Once taken, freedom is difficult to regain.

Another Year Another Legislative Session; So, what’s going on? Federal: HR21, the ethanol study bill introduced by Congressman James Sensenbrenner has been re-introduced. It would require the EPA to conduct a long range independent study of the effects of using fuel with a higher than 10% ethanol component. This includes small air-cooled engines. The Senate re-introduced the stop motorcycle only mandatory checkpoints bill S127. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has a new man in charge named Mark Rosenkind. At this time we don’t know enough about him to know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing.

Iowa: As always our right to choose is under attack. Once again, people who don’t even ride, or understand why anyone would want to ride, want to tell us how to dress. There is no law that says you can’t wear a helmet if you want to. In addition, our 2nd Amendment rights are under attack at the State house. HF70 is a ban on the transfer of magazines that can hold more than whatever amount they think is reasonable. HF76 would ban the transfer of virtually all modern sporting rifles like the AR15. Keep in mind these are not fully automatic rifles. HF77 is Michael Bloomberg’s signature goal for America. It amounts to state-wide gun registry. As every gun owner knows, registration is always the first step toward confiscation. Keep in mind that new laws only restrict the liberty of the law abiding. Criminals by definition don’t care about the law, so why confiscate the rights of law abiding citizens? It’s not about safety or security. It’s about control. Now I don’t know about you, but I want less government intervention in my life, not more. A couple of relevant quotes from Thomas Jefferson… “My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too

much government” “The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves South Dakota: ABATE of South Dakota has been working against tyranny in government” with their legislators in an effort to repeal the state’s handlebar height law. Nebraska: ABATE of Nebraska has been successful in finding a sponsor to modify the state’s mandatory helmet law for adults. Once again, our neighbors to the west

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