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Bikers Inside The Beltway National Lobby Day

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation is pleased to report that the 6th annual Michael “Boz” Kerr Bikers Inside The Beltway will be held Thursday, May 15th in the nation’s capitol, Washington D.C. The Motorcycle Riders Foundation will have secure free parking for motorcycles just steps from the U.S. Capitol Building.

Last year this event drew hundreds of motorcyclists from across the country. Don't miss out on the greatest gathering of politically active motorcyclists in Washington, D.C.
9:00 am to 11:00 am is arrival, registration, instruction and lobby material pickup. Meet at the motorcycle parking area on 3rd street, map below.

The MRF encourages you to schedule appointments with your Representative and Senator’s offices.

Plan your appointments according to your arrival time. If you plan to arrive promptly at 9:00 am, you can schedule meetings anytime from 9:45 am on. If you plan on arriving at 11:00 am at the latest then you can schedule meetings from 11:30 am until 1:15 pm and of course after the Congressional Program.

Should you not be able to get an appointment, plan on dropping by as many offices from your State as you can during that time. Feel free to contact the MRF office with any questions about scheduling or otherwise.

Unfortunately the House of Representatives will not be in session the day of our event. The meetings with staff still carry significant importance. The Senate will be in session that day.

The MRF has secured free parking from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm just steps from the U.S. Capitol and the House and Senate office buildings. The exact location of the parking is on 3rd street SW and NW between Madison and Jefferson drives. A map can be found here:
https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=3rd+St+SW&daddr=3rd+St+NW&hl=en&sll=38.890302,-77.015195&sspn=0.003148,0.008256&geocode=FW5lUQIdU9do-w%3BFTBsUQIdbddo-w&mra=dme&mrsp=1&sz=18&t=m&z=18

An event flyer for Bikers Inside The Beltway National Lobby day is also available on the website here: http://motorcycleridersfoundation.wildapricot.org/Default.aspx?pageId=1654837&eventId=798760&EventViewMode=EventDetails

This year we will feature something new! Bikers Inside the Beltway Follow Up - Follow Through Seminar. It is going to be a one-day event on Friday, May 16th at the Baltimore Doubletree BWI Airport, 890 Elkridge Landing Road Linthicum, Maryland, 21090. There is no charge for this event. Please be sure to register via the MRF website. An event flyer can be found here: http://motorcycleridersfoundation.wildapricot.org/Default.aspx?pageId=1654837&eventId=798755&EventViewMode=EventDetails


Motorcycle Checkpoint Bill Introduced in U.S. Senate

The United States Senate is seeking to end the unfair practice of federally funded motorcycle-only roadside checkpoints, reports the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF). Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) has introduced legislation, which would further prohibit the federal government from funding mandatory motorcycle-only roadside checkpoints. Joining her as the lead republican on the bill is Senator Ron Johnson. Also joining, as original co-sponsors, are Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH).

The federal government funded motorcycle-only checkpoints through a $70,000 grant in 2011. Georgia state police conducted two mandatory motorcycle only checkpoints. They timed the checkpoints with Daytona Florida bike week traffic setting up on the southbound lanes of I-75 and I-95 on March 9th 2012, the same day Daytona bike week began. They did the same setup during the closing day, but set up in the northbound lanes.
The MRF supports this legislation to end these checkpoints whole-heartedly and will be working with the United States Senate to pass this important legislation.

'Motorcycles are an important part of New Hampshire's identity and economy,' Shaheen said. 'These checkpoints unfairly target motorcycle riders who already have their vehicles inspected and registered just like all motorists. We don't have checkpoints that stop cars to check their tire pressure and we shouldn't for motorcycles either.'

“We commend Senator Shaheen for taking on this troubling and important issue,” Said Jeff Hennie, Vice President Government Relations for the Motorcycle Riders Foundation. “To use taxpayer dollars to inconvenience motorcyclists is a practice that should be stopped immediately and we look forward to working with both Senators Shaheen and Johnson to accomplish that.”

Some states are addressing this issue by either prohibiting any motorcycle-only checkpoints, such as Missouri, Virginia, California, North Carolina, or prohibiting the state from receiving any federal dollars like they did in New Hampshire and Illinois.

The MRF urges you to contact both your U.S. Senators and ask them to co-sponsor this important piece of legislation; a bill number is expected soon. The MRF will keep you informed on this important issue.

You can reach the capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121

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