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

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:,-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:


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:

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

Legislative Update & Action Alert 3-9-2014

Good Evening, Campers.

In case you haven’t heard, yesterday the Senate declined to concur with the House amendments to SB 5141, opting instead to ask the House to recede from their amendment.  I do not know why that happened, but I will find out Monday.

Two things can happen now.

  1. The House can recede from the amendment and we move forward from there to the Governor’s desk.
  2. The House can stand fast, sending the bill to a conference committee, which can either come to an agreement, whereby we move forward, or not, whereby the bill is effectively dead.

My intentions are to call in to work and take the day off, head for Olympia, and work the hell out of the issue.  Once I meet with Senator King, hopefully by 07:30, I will go to work on the House and Senate.  My message will be very simple: “No matter which version the legislature wants to bass, it is imperative that they reach some sort of agreement and send the bill to the Governor.”

What needs to happen now is for the troops to call their House and Senate members and ask that they support reaching an agreement with the other chamber on SB 5141 so that it can go to the Governor.

This is the closest we have come in 12 years, and I am afraid that if it dies this time we will lose enough momentum to set the issue back several years.

I will post an update tomorrow, earlier is necessary, about how Monday goes.


If you don’t know yet who your representatives are, follow this link.

Until next time,

Ride safely and legislate well,

“Texas” Larry

Government Relations

Legislative Update 3-5-2014 Breaking News

Dateline 18:10   Hot off the presses!  Within the last hour SB 5141 (Traffic Signals) passed the House on a 90-8 vote.  As predicted, the Transportation Committee’s proposed amendment was adopted, but no others.  Now all we need is the concurrence of the Senate, which should be a fairly pro forma action.  Then it will be to the Governor’s desk.

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

Until next time,

Ride safely and legislate well,

“Texas” Larry

Government Relations