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MRF : Congressional Motorcycle Caucus

Congressional Motorcycle Caucus With the end of May upon us, it’s great to report that the House Congressional Motorcycle Caucus has added six (6) new members since Bikers Inside the Beltway! These additions bring the House caucus up to 36 lawmakers from both political parties. The House and Senate Motorcycle Caucuses host educational seminars and press events that shine a light on the issues facing the motorcycling community. The bipartisan membership of these caucuses allows us to know who our champions on Capitol Hill are and which legislators are committed to standing with us on critical issues. Congress is out of session this week, but once they return, we hope to see more members added to both the House and Senate organizations. This is firsthand proof that coming to D.C. and advocating for your interests can help move the needle in D.C. The Motorcycle Riders Foundation welcomes the new members and thanks the longstanding members of this important group! New Members: Rep. Mark Amodei (NV) Rep. Tim Burchett (TN) Rep. Eric Burlison (MO) Rep. Barry Loudermilk (GA) Rep. Ralph Norman (SC) Rep. Jeff Van Drew (NJ) Current Members: Rep. Don Bacon (NE) Rep. Troy Balderson (OH) Co Chair Rep. Jim Banks (IN) Rep. Mike Bost (IL) Rep. Angie Craig (MN) Rep. Rick Crawford (AR) Rep. John Curtis (UT) Rep. Warren Davidson (OH) Rep. Tom Emmer (MN) Rep. Paul Gosar (AZ) Rep. Glenn Grothman (WI) Rep. Andy Harris (MD) Rep. Dusty Johnson (SD) Rep. Anne Kuster (NH) Rep. Doug Lamborn (CO) Rep. Tracy Mann (KS) Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (IA) Rep. Donald Norcross (NJ) Co Chair Rep. Scott Perry (PA) Rep. Bill Posey (FL) Rep. Adam Smith (WA) Rep. Pete Stauber (MN) Rep. Bryan Steil (WI) Rep. Chris Stewart (UT) Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson (PA) Rep. Dina Titus (NV) Rep. Derrick Van […]

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Bill to Boost Outdoor Recreation Economy

U.S. House Schedules Vote on Bill to Boost Outdoor Recreation Economy Click here to send a letter to your U.S. House member asking them to support the EXPLORE Act. The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote next week on the SEMA-supported bill H.R. 6492, the “Expanding Public Lands Outdoor Recreation Experiences Act” (EXPLORE Act). The comprehensive public lands bill directs the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to create more motorized opportunities on public lands, addresses special recreation permits and fees that have been expensive and cumbersome for off-road groups to navigate on federal lands, attempts to improve visitor experiences, addresses the lack of affordable housing causing staffing shortages on public lands, and transforms outdoor recreation experiences for active-duty military members, veterans and Gold Star families. Your lawmakers need to hear from you now about why the bipartisan EXPLORE Act matters to you! Ask your U.S. Representative to support the bill.

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Rhode Island Re-Opens Comment Period for ICE Ban

Rhode Island Re-Opens Comment Period for Internal Combustion Engine Ban DON’T DELAY! Please contact the Department of Enivronmental Management of Air Resources immediately to voice your opposition: CLICK TO CONTACT OFFICIALS Overview: The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management’s Office of Air Resources announced the “Rhode Island’s Low-Emission and Zero-Emission Vehicle Programs” regulation. If enacted, the sale of new gas- and diesel-powered cars and trucks will be banned starting in 2035. Because of a technical issue, the comment period has been extended to October 30, 2023. If you previously submitted comments, we ask that you please do so again. Refer and Share this, click here * * * *

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Preserving Choice in Vehicle Purchases Act

Act Now… Congress Votes Thursday! The House of Representatives has scheduled a vote Thursday on H.R. 1435, the “Preserving Choice in Vehicle Purchases Act.” H.R. 1435 would amend the Clean Air Act to prevent a ban on the sale of internal combustion engines, effectively trumping any state law that outlaws their sale. Now is the time to have your voice heard! Let Congress know you support the right to choose the type of engine you buy. Click here to contact your Member of the House of Representatives and ask them to vote for H.R. 1435. * * * * Ride Free Forever

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Ohio Introduces Bill Supporting ICE

DON’T DELAY! Please contact lawmakers immediately to voice your support Ohio Introduces Bill Supporting Internal Combustion Engines Click Here: https://www.semasan.com/legislative-alerts/ohio/ohio-introduces-bill-supporting-internal-combustion-engines Overview: Ohio introduced SAN-supported legislation (H.B. 201/S.R. 155) which would prevent any state or local government unit from restricting the use or sale of motor vehicles based on the energy source used to power the motor vehicle, including internal combustion engines. H.B. 201 awaits consideration from the House Transportation Committee and S.R. 155 was offered in the Senate.

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Paris Climate Accord Vs Paris e-scooters

Parisians vote to ban e-scooters from French capital An overwhelming majority of Parisians voted to ban electric scooters from the streets of the French capital on Sunday, in a non-binding referendum that city authorities have said they would follow. The ban won between 85.77% and 91.77% of the votes in the 20 Paris districts that published results, according to the City of Paris website on what was billed as a rare “public consultation” and prompted long queues at ballot boxes around the city. “I preferred to vote against, because in Paris it’s a mess. The way it’s organised, the danger that it creates in Paris, the visual pollution, it’s not good.” said a railway worker. Cities worldwide are tightening regulations on e-scooters, limiting the number of operators as well as speed and where they can park. Electric scooters accessed through smartphone apps have operated in Paris since 2018, but following complaints about their anarchic deployment, Paris in 2020 cut the number of operators to three. They were given a three-year contract, required that scooters’ speed be capped at 20 km/hour and imposed designated scooter parking areas. The current contracts will run until September 2023. Other restrictions were checking if users age was over 18, fixing licence plates so police could identify traffic offenders and limiting to one passenger. On Sunday, operators such as Tier and Lime sent free voucher codes to users to encourage them to vote against the ban. Some voters said they would have rather had tighter regulations than an outright ban. “I don’t want scooters to do whatever they wants on pavements, but banning them is not the priority said a Parisian. “I voted for (the scooters) because I’m against the rather binary choice we’re given in this referendum,” he added. In 2021, 24 people died in

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House Passes Motorcyclist Profiling Resolution

December 23, 2022 House Passes Motorcyclist Profiling Resolution! In one of the final actions before the 117th Congress dissolved the House of Representatives passed, H. Res 366, the motorcyclist profiling resolution. The resolution, which was first introduced in 2016, failed to receive a vote on the House floor until today. In the six years since it was introduced motorcyclists have spent countless hours educating lawmakers and raising awareness on the issue of motorcyclist profiling. The 2016 version of the resolution had just 18 cosponsors, but that number grew to 103 this month. These 103 cosponsors represented a diverse set of political beliefs and geographic interests, but all were committed to supporting bikers. It has been a long journey to this point and many parties are responsible for this victory. Former Representative Reid Ribble of Wisconsin originally introduced the resolution and after his departure from Congress Representative Tim Walberg of Michigan picked up the baton. The Motorcycle Profiling Project provided important data that helped inform lawmakers about the extent of motorcyclist profiling. Motorcycle clubs and independent riders all invested time and resources in the battle on Capitol Hill. State motorcyclist rights organizations leveraged their relationships with home state lawmakers and increased cosponsor numbers dramatically. Most importantly all these groups remained committed and focused despite setbacks and disappointments. With this action, the House joins the Senate, which passed a similar resolution in 2018 standing against motorcyclist profiling and asking for collaboration between law enforcement and bikers to prevent profiling. Additionally, five states, Washington, Maryland, Louisiana, Idaho, and New Hampshire all have state laws against the profiling of bikers. The Motorcycle Riders Foundation hopes that this demonstration of support from the United States Congress will provide other states a foundation to enact legislation. To see a full version of H. Res 366 click

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NRA Update: Second Amendment

Your Help Needed to Protect the Second Amendment Dear NRA Affiliate, Election Day is Tuesday, November 8, and the outcome of this election is crucial to the future of the Second Amendment and the ability of all Americans to keep and bear arms. NRA-ILA asks you to take action by urging your members and patrons to get to the polls and vote for pro-gun candidates in this election.* The stakes could not be higher. If gun control candidates win this election, we will see more attempts to ban ”assault weapons,” criminalize private firearm transfers, implement ”red flag” confiscation laws, and bankrupt the firearms industry, just to name a few. The choice could not be clearer. We need your help getting out the vote. If we lose this election, we may very well lose our fundamental right to protect ourselves, our families, and each other with the firearm of our choice. For more information on the candidates, please visit www.nrapvf.org and encourage your members, affiliates, and friends and family to do the same. Yours in Freedom, Jason Ouimet Executive Director, NRA-ILA *Please be aware of relevant legal restrictions. Some organizations’ tax statuses don’t allow participation in get-out-the-vote activities. If you have questions about these restrictions, or about reporting or other requirements related to political activity, please contact your organization’s attorney or tax advisor.

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Elect to take a stand

Tomorrow’s Outcomes Hinge on Today’s Actions In contrast to the last century, ‘Roaring’ is not likely to be how the current ‘20s are remembered. The Jazz Age’s nostalgic “carefree” stereotype offers little similarity to the present. Amidst all the uncertainty, one thing is clear: politics are everywhere, like it or not. With all this in mind, big issues are on the table that are ripe with controversy. Decisions on electric vehicles (EVs), automotive fuel supply, and one’s own ‘right to modify’ will make a direct impact on our community and the final results are likely to be consequential. With so much at stake, enthusiast participation in the political process is crucial—but not difficult. Nearly 7,000 state and federal elected positions are up for grabs in November. Notably, 84% of all state lawmakers will be in the running—marking their first race since redistricting has shifted constituencies. Party control of the U.S. Congress and state legislatures will be determined in the upcoming elections. Use the voting tool at semaSAN.com/semavotes to register to vote and learn the deadlines for where you live. In advance, find out if your state and federal representatives are affiliated with the hobby-friendly, SEMA-supported caucuses at semaSAN.com/statecaucus and semaSAN.com/federalcaucus. You can locate your elected officials at semaSAN.com under the “Legislators” tab. Ready to influence our nation’s public policy roadmap going forward? Good news: the ballot box awaits! This year, head to your polling place with renewed purpose. Learn where your candidates are on issues important to you. Then ensure your voice is heard via your vote. No better way to weigh-in and make sure this important opportunity counts. Take care of fulfilling your civic duty just like your prized ride—with pride in ownership! * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

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