MRF Call to Action 14NR26

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14NR26 – URGENT Call to Action H.R. 4745

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
7 June 2014

Contact:Jeff Hennie, Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs


URGENT Call to Action H.R. 4745

On Monday, June 9th the United States House of Representatives will vote on a measure that could be detrimental to motorcyclists. H.R. 4745 is an Appropriations bill, that contains language in section 102, that would allow the Secretary of Transportation or his designee to lobby states to consider proposals to reduce motorcycle fatalities.

Section 102 of H.R. 4745 contains this language and Congressman Walberg (MI) and Congressman Sensenbrenner (WI) have an amendment filed that would strike this language. Call your Congressman and ask that they support the Walberg/Sensenbrenner amendment to strike section 102 from H.R. 4745.

Legislative business begins at 2:00 pm on June 9th, with votes scheduled to begin at 6:30 pm. H.R. 4745 will be voted on sometime on June 9th. We have to call every congressman repeatedly on this Monday June 9, 2014.

You can find who your representative is here: www.house.gov/representative/find
You can find a full list of United States House of Representatives and their phone numbers at www.house.gov/representatives
You can also use the Capitol Switchboard: 202 224 3121

This is an urgent and important phone call. Please answer the call to action.

 

MRF News Release 14NR24

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14NR24 – Breaking News – IRS to scrap a proposed rule on 501(c) 4 groups

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
22 May 2014

Contact:Jeff Hennie, Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs


Breaking News
IRS to scrap a proposed rule on 501(c) 4 groups

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) reports that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has said it will abandon the current proposed rule that would impact the non-profit, social welfare groups, like the MRF.

The tax agency had proposed limiting “political activity” of the nonprofits 60 days before any election. The IRS never described exactly what “political activity” would entail. Some fears were that even simple meetings with Members of Congress and their staffs would be banned under the rule. The rule could have crippled what the MRF does on a daily basis.

The MRF opposed the rule and submitted comments to the agency. The IRS mentioned that they had received an enormous amount of public comment from both conservative and liberal organizations, all against the proposed rule.

The IRS is going to be writing a new set of proposals that will start over at square one.

MRF New Release 14NR11 bikers Inside The Beltway

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14NR11 – MRF News Release – Bikers Inside The Beltway National Lobby Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
20 March 2014

Contact:Jeff Hennie, Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs


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


Legislative Update 3-10-2014: Heading to the Governor

Dateline 17:30   Hot off the presses!   After three meetings with the leadership of House Transportation today, as well as numerous meetings with senior leadership on both sides of the aisle, I receive assurances that the House would recede from their amendment.

Within hours SB 5141 (Traffic Signals) passed the House on a 91-7 vote.  The general consensus was that it was more important to get the bill to final passage than to add any “clarification” that might have been desired by House members.

A hearty “well done” to all the riders who kept in touch with their legislators to bring this through both houses.

Next stop, the Governor’s office,

Ride safely and legislate well,

“Texas” Larry

Government Relations