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VCOM Motorcycle Lobby Day – January 16 & 17, 2011

January 11, 2011 by · Comments Off on VCOM Motorcycle Lobby Day – January 16 & 17, 2011 

Virginia Coalition of Motorcyclists (VCOM) Motorcycle Lobby Day – January 16 & 17, 2011
Spend two days learning about the legislation and voicing your opinion of legislation affecting motorcyclists in the 2011 session. You’ll also have the opportunity to eat drink and be merry with motorcyclists from all over Virginia.

Prep session starts at 1:00 PM on the 16th, leave for the Capitol at 8:00 AM on the 17th.

Holiday Inn Airport
445 International Center Drive
Sandston, VA 23150
(804) 236-1111

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VA 2010 Motorcycle Related Legislation

January 13, 2010 by · Comments Off on VA 2010 Motorcycle Related Legislation 

Here is a quick list of motorcycle related bills that have been filed for this years Virginia legislative session.

This would allow a rider to proceed through a red traffic light after coming to a complete stop and waiting 120 seconds.
Traffic lights; allows motorcycle, etc., to proceed through intersections showing steady red signal.

This changes Virginia’s helmet law to include those mini-scooters, pocket bikes, and what not.
Motorcycles; helmet use. Removes exception that allows operators and passengers riding on motorcycles with wheels of eight inches or less to ride without wearing a helmet.

Not specifically motorcycle related, but this is one that we have tried to change in years past to make it legal for 2 motorcycles to ride side by side.
Vehicles driving abreast. Provides that the prohibition on vehicles driving abreast does not apply to vehicles lawfully overtaking and passing vehicles traveling in the same direction.

BAD! – Loud Pipes Save Lives!!! HB579
Mufflers on motorcycles. Provides that motorcycles shall use a muffler system in good working order that meets federal standards.

I am sure this one comes from one of the talking points from last couple years two abreast bills with us saying LEOs regularly ride two abreast.
Motorcycles driving two abreast; law-enforcement officers. Allows law-enforcement officers on official duty to drive motorcycles two abreast in a single lane.

Here is a link to the motorcycle search results… (May or may not work) There are a few others with the mention of motorcycle in them, but the bills are not specifically motorcycle related.

Anyone know of anything else going on or any other bills that we, as motorcycle riders, may be interested in?

Virginia Motorcycle Lobby Day – January 18 &19, 2009

December 10, 2008 by · Comments Off on Virginia Motorcycle Lobby Day – January 18 &19, 2009 

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.

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08NR17 – MRF News Release – HIPAA Update

September 16, 2008 by · Comments Off on 08NR17 – MRF News Release – HIPAA Update 

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation is pleased to report that HR 1076 will be marked up by the US House Committee on Energy and Commerce tomorrow September 17th at 10 AM. The legislation to close the loophole that allows insurance companies to refuse payment for an injury that happens on a
motorcycle will be marked up in open session along with ten other bills in the Rayburn House Office Building.

HR 1076 is expected to pass favorably, however anything can happen in a markup. In order to ensure swift clean passage we are asking you to contact your Member of Congress IF they are a Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee. That list follows.

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