BLACK THURSDAY - Our Black Thursday event at the Capitol has been cancelled for this year (2021). The details are listed below for everyone's information. ABATE of WA does intend to push our legislative issues through the legislature this year - it will just have to be done remotely.2021 Bills
The Legislature will convene for a Regular Session on January 11, 2021.
Senate Transportation Committee will meet (virtual) on 1/12 and 1/14 with the main agenda item to be discussion on Governor's proposed budget House Transportation Committee has no scheduled meetings at this time
The WA state legislative pages have yet to be updated with contact information for the 2021 incoming Legislators. We will continue to check the web pages and inform our membership as soon as we have the updated information; To find who the current Legislators are for the 2021 session, go to the Secretary of State's website (www.sos.gov), click on "Election Results 2020", then click on your district number.
Last month's ECOMM agenda included a line item about Black Thursday. Yes, it's June and discussions about Black Thursday are arising. Our legislative issues exist all year long and constantly need our attention. The months of June, July, August and September are times when members should spend some time reviewing the WA State legislative page - especially the District Pages and Legislators' bio-pages. It really does not take a lot of time or effort to become familiar with the Legislators who govern the districts in which we live. It's also a good time to review the Legislator's actions, such as how/ when they vote on issues that support our agenda of motorcycle rights and safety. The main web page for the state's legislative information is:
Please take some time to review your Legislators and your legislative district's issues during these months of "legislative down time".
Another agenda item discussed at ECOMM was the Bills that we are considering for this upcoming biennium. Two new Bills have been presented to me and they both seem to have promise toward gaining Legislators' approval. The Bills for the 2020-21 biennium include:
This coming legislative session starts a new biennium which allows any Bill we present to remain active for 2 years. Every chapter should review the above mentioned Bills and be prepared to discuss them during our next Board of Directors' meeting in July.
Several legislative seats are being vacated or running opposed this year. Here is a summary of those positions (including the positions detailed in the May edition of the Freedom newsletter):
We will continue to watch the Legislative candidacy situation throughout the year and report updates as we get them. Also, we do intend to present a rundown of the Candidates running for reelection (as they relate to our issues) later this year.
Please remember, these "in-between" months are good opportunities to evaluate the current Legislators in office and review those who are newly running. It is incumbent upon us, as lobbyists for motorcycle rights, to take a little time to evaluate and determine which Legislators support our causes and which ones don't.
As a Side Note: Congratulations to Freedom of the Road Riders and ABATE of Missouri on passing a helmet modification bill. The bill would allow riders 26 and older to choose whether or not to wear a helmet as long as they have medical insurance. It is expected to be signed by the Governor and go into effect August 28th - HB 1963, Motorcycle Helmet Law
Legislative Affairs Officers