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Grant County ABATE

PO Box 1392

Moses Lake, WA 98837

Meetings & Location:

3rd Thursday of the month

6-7pm        Dinner/Social

7-8:15pm   Meeting

American Legion

276 8th Ave NW

Ephrata, WA 98823

(206) 612-2555 / (310) 528-2487

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OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS

Washington State

STATE SENATOR JUDY WARNICK

Phone:     360.786.7624                                               Email:   Judith.Warnick@leg.wa.gov

CONGRESSIONAL 4TH DISTRICT

SENATOR PATTY MURRAY

SENATOR MARIA CANTWELL

REPRESENTATIVE DAN NEWHOUSE

13TH LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT

TOM DENT

Phone:   (360) 786-7932

Email:  tom.dent@leg.wa.gov

Alex Ybarra

Phone:  (360) 786-7808  

Email: alex.ybarra@leg.wa.gov

BLACK THURSDAY

January 17, 2019

Black Thursday is a yearly event in January where motorcycle enthusiasts across Washington state ride to Olympia and meet with legislators to discuss motorcycle riding issue. 

HOW TO FIND YOUR DISTRICT

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WHY DOES IT TAKE SO LONG FOR LAWS TO PASS?

For a bill to become a law there is a lot of things that have to happen. It needs to be sponsored, go through a committee which can take a while, then be debated, then passed in the House and Senate. There are pros and cons on both sides, because you want Congress to legislate on an issue that may need to be passed fast, but also you don't want Congress to rush to get a bill done that may be useless or have a negative impact.

LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS
  • We take a stand against motorcycle discrimination and motorcycle legislation that interferes with personal freedom. ABATE members get involved at the grass-roots level to support bills that promote fair motorcycle legislation and work to prevent or repeal laws which are prejudicial to motorcycling.

  • One of the best ways to ensure you have a say regarding motorcycle legislation is to vote. To do that, you need to register to vote. Follow the link above to register online or get instructions to do it by mail or in person.

  • Get to know your Legislators

  • To make a difference, develop a relationship with your legislators on a personal basis. They are your neighbors, take time to build a positive relationship on common ground.

  • Become informed on

  • the issues.

  • Attend ABATE business meetings for legislative updates.

  • Attend Black Thursday.

REGISTER TO VOTE

First step in letting your voice be heard

LANE SHARING BILL

HB 1157

Allowing lane sharing only on freeways when traffic speed is at 25mph or less, and with a motorcycle to traffic speed differential of no more than 10mph. 

HELMET BILL

SB5007: Senator Rolfes 3 year pilot program to study helmet choice and any effect that has on motorccyle fatalities in Washington State. 

Parking Bill HB1058

1. Currently, the law does not even mention motorcycles. So some law enforcement officers are using the words “parallel to the curb” in the current law to write illegal parking tickets to motorcycles parking with a wheel towards the curb as is the normal style of parking for a motorcycle.
2. Using this way of thinking law enforcement could easily write “illegal parking” citations to each additional motorcycle parked in a single parking space along the curb. Generating nearly $1,000 in fines from each parking space in a congested urban area. This bill would prevent taxpayers from being fined in such a manner.

Enhanced Penalty for striking a "vulnerable user of a public way"

1. This concept would make it a felony (vehicular assault) to strike and cause “substantial bodily harm” (break a bone, or hospitalize, or worse) to anyone from the “vulnerable public way users” category (pedestrians, bicyclists, people riding animals, motorcyclists, farm equipment operators, etc.).
2. The definition of each of the phrases in quotations are in the RCW’s.

3. RCW 9.94A.030 Definitions state that; eluding a police officer, driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug, physical control of a vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug, and hit-and-run injury-accident are all already a “Felony traffic Offense”. Yet striking a member of the vulnerable users often only results in a traffic citation.

HB1116

Motorcycle Weight Fee: Reduces the $25 minimum 4,000 pound "weight fee" to $6 for motorccyles up to 1,000 pounds, and $12 for motorccyles up to 2,000 pounds gross vehicle weight.

HB1152

Motorcycle Anti-Profiing: Support the COC as requested to enhance the current Motorccyle Anti-Profiling Act.