Virginia Motorcycle Lobby Day – January 18 – 19, 2009
November 15, 2008 by Hersey
Once again our Virginia Legislature is about to convene, a dangerous time for all Virginia citizens. They will tackle issues concerning every aspect of your life. How much of your paycheck you get to keep, what roads will be free versus toll, where and what you can smoke, and many other issues from the sublime to the ridiculous. What’s this mean to you as a Virginia motorcyclist? There will be legislation concerning your rights as a rider. Some will enhance safety, some may enhance freedoms. There will surely be some from well intentioned non riders that will cause concern for the riding community.
On January 19th, 2009 the Virginia Coalition of Motorcyclists (VCOM) will give you a chance to have your say. We start Lobby day with a conference on Sunday afternoon, this year it will be January 18th at 12:00 noon at the Holiday Inn Crossroads in Richmond. We will go over the basics of lobbying, address every bill in consideration that affects motorcyclists and the ins and outs of what they will mean if passed. That evening we have an absolutely top notch BBQ dinner prepared by Stuart Newton of Hampton Roads Harley Davidson. This year he is adding beef brisket and mustard based BBQ sauce. Should be the best yet!
The next morning we leave the hotel for the Capital at 8:00 am sharp. We spend the morning talking to Senators, Delegates and legislative aides. When the days session convenes at noon some of us go into the house chamber for introductions while the rest of us head to Penny Lane Pub for an Irish lunch compliments of Tom McGrath and his Motorcycle Law Group.
Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in the process. If you don’t stand up for yourself you can’t expect anyone else to.
Host Hotel is;
Holiday Inn Crossroads (804)359-6061
2000 Staples Mill Rd.
Richmond, VA 23230
Ask for the VCOM rate.
Feel free to contact VCOM with any questions (804)353-3971 or firstname.lastname@example.org