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Spanaway, WA 98387

Meeting starts at ........... 7:00 PM
First Tuesday of Each Month
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 of Each Month at: 7:00 PM at: ??? Call

ABATE of Washington
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January 15, 2019


TO:  ABATE of Washington Members and Associates




 Hi Everyone this is a call to action from the COC, please act immediately

Lyle Coyle

State Coordinator

ABATE of Washington


 Good afternoon,

We need everyone to contact their House Reps and ask that they support HB 1152 - Addressing Motorcycle Profiling.  


The main sponsor is Representative Kirby.  Representatives Blake and Goodman have also co-sponsored.  We need more Representatives to sign on and support.  


Here is a link to the actual bill page.


If you don't have time to call, you can select, "Comment on this bill" on the right hand side of the bill page and it will allow you to enter your address which will directly link you to your representatives and senator where you can ask for their support.


If you prefer to call and don't know who your Representatives are or have their numbers, you can follow this link:  Once you are on this page, enter your address and select "Find My District."  This will provide a white box with your Senator and Representatives.  When you click on their name, it will take you to a page with their phone number to call or email address to email them directly.


Please take action.




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August 10, 2018

TO:  ABATE of Washington Members.  

FROM: State Coordinator - ABATE of Washington


TO: All ABATE Members and Associates
The important messages below are forwarded for your attention and information.
Lyle Coyle
State Coordinator
ABATE of Washington
--------- Original Message ---------
From: "Megan Ekstrom" <>
Date: 8/7/18 6:24 pm
To: "Megan Ekstrom" <>
MRF Board of Directors, Leadership, Reps & SMRO Executive Directors:
 As you know, tomorrow, the Sturgis Hall of Fame will be honoring their newest class of inductees. Our own Kirk "Hardtail" Willard, will be one of these. Many of you may already be at Sturgis, but for those who are not, we ask that you consider sharing the press release below with your network and contacts as well as consider printing in your newsletters.
 The MRF will be officially issuing this release in the morning to recognize Hardtail (and it is embargoed until then). In conjunction with tomorrow's release, we are launching a special promotional project complete with video, advertising, new marketing brochures and a discounted rate for new members if they sign up in August. We ask that you consider sharing this - and as such, have attached 3 graphics that can easily be shared on your website, Facebook account or any other channels you may have.
Help support the MRF and Hardtail by spreading the word. We're all in this together!
-Megan Ekstrom & Tiffany Cipoletti
Your MRF Staff in Washington, D.C.
From: Motorcycle Riders Foundation <>
Sent: Wednesday, August 1, 2018 2:30 PM
To: Tiffany Cipoletti <>
Subject: August 8, 2018 - For Immediate Release - New Marketing Campaign Launched in Conjunction with Sturgis Freedom Fighter Award
For Immediate Release
August 8, 2018
New Marketing Campaign Launched in Conjunction with Sturgis Freedom Fighter Award
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum will officially induct Kirk "Hardtail" Willard into the Hall of Fame. Willard, Chairman and President of the Motorcycle Riders Foundation, will receive the coveted "Freedom Fighter" award and designation; a special category designed to honor those who have made an impact on motorcycle rights.
The ceremony will take place at The Lodge at Deadwood in South Dakota as part of the 78th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, where dozens of Willard's cohorts will be in attendance; including staff and fellow Board Members for the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF).
In conjunction with the ceremony, the MRF will launch a new "for a limited time only" promotion and marketing campaign for new and prospective members attending Sturgis. "Through market research and member feedback, we learned that we had a great opportunity at Sturgis to communicate the importance of what this organization stands for," said Megan Ekstrom, Vice-President of Government Affairs & Public Relations for the MRF. "Under Hardtail's leadership we have doubled down on our efforts to improve the value of what we deliver to our membership, and we want to use this significant occasion to highlight that."
Ekstrom also hinted at future membership benefits like roadside assistance; including 24-hour emergency tire changes, emergency fuel delivery and accident and collision towing. "In today's world with more and more fuel stations carrying higher blends of ethanol, motorists texting while driving and not paying attention to riders, this is a necessary service for our members."
Social media advertising, dozens of volunteers, a promotional video and a one-time discount for new members will complement an updated marketing brochure aggressively stating, "YOUR RIGHTS, YOUR LIFESTYLE, YOUR MOTORCYCLE: UNDER SIEGE." The modernized and updated brochure will include a letter from Willard, highlight past accomplishments, and offer a plain and simple look and what the MRF does and why. "Our lifestyle as riders is threatened in a way it never has been," said Willard. "Little by little, riders like you and I are slowly being relegated to history."
Willard and the MRF refuse to let that happen under their watch, using the induction ceremony as the official launch for this aggressive "go forward" strategy. The bold move is signature to Willard's style; where he is known as "Hardtail" in the motorcycle rights world. From the aftermarket industry and original equipment manufacturers to the motorcycle clubs and state motorcycle rights' organizations, he is known as a force to be reckoned with. Logging thousands upon thousands of miles on his motorcycles, his objectives have always stayed pure; to promote and preserve motorcycle riders' freedoms and lifestyles.
Tickets to the induction ceremony are sold out; however, Willard is scheduled to attend and speak at ABATE of South Dakota's Annual Whitewood Social Hour on Thursday, August 9th at the Whitewood City Park near the Sturgis Rally. The event is free for MRF members and others involved in motorcycle rights.
About Motorcycle Riders Foundation
The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) provides leadership at the federal level for states' motorcyclists' rights organizations as well as motorcycle clubs and individual riders. The MRF is chiefly concerned with issues at the national and international levels that impact the freedom and safety of American street motorcyclists. The MRF is committed to being a national advocate for the advancement of motorcycling and its associated lifestyle and works in conjunction with its partners to help educate elected officials and policymakers in Washington and beyond.
All Information contained in this release is copyrighted. Reproduction permitted with attribution. Motorcycle Riders Foundation. All rights reserved. Ride With The Leaders ™ by joining the MRF at or call (202) 546-0983






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TO:  ABATE of Washington members.  January 26, 2018

FROM: Legislative Affairs Officer - ABATE of Washington




The Council Of Clubs has a hearing coming up on their amendment to the Motorcycle Anti-Profiling Law.  This would put some teeth into the bill.  If you support this effort, please attend the hearing.

The hearing is before the House Judiciary Committee.  It will be held in Hearing Room A of the John L O'Brien Building at the Capitol at 8:00 AM on January 31st.  The COC needs all available to attend and sign in in support of the bill.  If unable to attend, you can write the committee members in support of the bill.   

You can follow the bill, sign up for updates, and comment in support at this link:

 We are supporting their effort, so I want to try to get as many people there as possible.  Even if the hearing is at 8:00 AM.


Brian Lange
Legislative Affairs Officer
ABATE of Washington







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TO:  ABATE of Washington members.  January 14, 2018

FROM: State Coordinator - ABATE of Washington


2nd Amendment Challanges;


Hi Everyone; 


Black Thursday is just a few days away and we need everyone to attend.


Listed below are some bills that are not motorcycle related and are not bills that ABATE, as a whole, is supporting.  But, they are extremely important to your 2nd Amendment rights.


Senate Bill 5444, sponsored by Senator David Frockt (D-46) would impose a registration-licensing system on commonly owned semi-automatic firearms and standard-capacity ammunition magazines that bill proponents label as "assault weapons" and "large-capacity magazines" (LCM). 


 Every person who possesses, transports, manufactures, purchases or sells a so-called "assault weapon" or LCM must have an annual state-issued license, with an updated license required every time there is a change in possession of the gun or magazine.  The licensing requirement has a delay period (until 2020) before it applies to persons who currently possess such items, but these persons would be prohibited from selling or transferring any gun or magazine designated by this bill to anyone other than a licensed dealer, a gunsmith, or to law enforcement for permanent relinquishment.  SB 5444 also mandates that relinquished guns and magazines "must be destroyed."


Senate Bill 5463, sponsored by Senator Guy Palumbo (D-1), is vaguely written legislation that would require individuals to lock up firearms or potentially face Class C Felony charges.  This intrusive government legislation invades people's homes and forces them to render their firearms useless in a self-defense situation by locking them up.


Senate Bill 5992, sponsored by Senator Kevin Van De Wege (D-24) mirrors federal legislation proposed by anti-gun California U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).  This bill would make it a crime to knowingly possess a firearm accessory or any other device, part or combination of parts that is designed or functions to accelerate the rate of fire of a semi-automatic firearm.  The broad and overreaching provisions in SB 5992 could potentially criminalize firearm modifications such as competition triggers, muzzle brakes, and ergonomic changes that are commonly done by law-abiding gun owners to make their firearms more suitable for self-defense, competition, hunting, or even overcoming disability.


Senate Bill 6049, sponsored by Senator Frockt, is yet another bill targeting so-called "Large Capacity Magazines" and would prohibit the possession of ammunition magazines holding ten or more rounds, with limited exceptions.  Those allowed to continue possession of "Large Capacity Magazines" within the limited exceptions would be required to lock up their ammunition magazine or face criminal charges.


Senate Bill 6146, sponsored by Senator Rebecca Saldaña (D-37), would abolish Washington's decades old state firearm preemption statute.  The state preemption statute, which passed in 1983, helps keep firearm and ammunition laws consistent throughout Washington by establishing that the State Legislature has full authority to regulate and create laws pertaining to firearms and ammunition.  These statutes help prevent a confusing patchwork of gun control laws which make it difficult for gun owners to ensure that they are following the law.  Further, Second Amendment rights are guaranteed to all citizens, regardless of where they reside.  State preemption statutes help protect against the infringement of rights of citizens who live in localities controlled by anti-gun elected officials.


Lyle Coyle

State Coordinator

ABATE of Washington


"Added Note: If these Bills are not presented to the citizens of the State of Washington for  VOTE  and are adopted by the legislature in this form, they do represent "Totalitarian Enactments". "








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TO:  ABATE of Washington members.  January 11, 2018

FROM: Legislative Affairs Officer - ABATE of Washington




This is to keep the membership up to date on the happenings in Olympia with the bills authorized by the BOD of ABATE.  Things are moving fast, and details are still coming together, but here is what is known so far:


1.)   HB 2454 (Vehicular Assault Bill AKA "Leprechaun Cain" Bill) is going to have a hearing.  Date & time to be confirmed by Jan. 17th, in the House Public Safety Committee.  The Chairman of the Committee told me personally that he wants to not only hold a hearing but to move the bill on!  


2.)  ABATE is in the process of finding a prime sponsor in the Senate for a companion bill to HB2454...Prospects are looking good and we should have more info by Black Thursday.


3.)  I was told this evening by phone that SB6070 (motorcycle parking) will be getting a hearing in the Senate Transportation Committee.  Date & Time To Be Determined.


4.) Rep. Irwin dropped the House companion bill to SB6070 today.  The Chair of the House Transportation Committee (Rep. Judy Clibborn, is supportive of the bill) so it should get a hearing as well.


All of our bills have to be out of Committee by February 2nd, or they are dead.  So getting a hearing ASAP is vital. Things seem to be coming together quickly, and more should be known by Black Thursday.  An announcement will be made with the most up to date information on the steps at Black Thursday before the several Legislators begin to speak at 10:45.


For those interested in attending, there will be a training seminar at the Governor Hotel at 6:00 PM. (a brief social/visit session at 5:30).  Training will be on the bill process, and how to meet with a Legislator.  As well as other related topics.


I look forward to see as many ABATE members in attendance at Black Thursday as possible.  Membership speaking with their Legislators is key to our success.


Ride Free 


Brian Lange

Legislative Affairs Officer

ABATE of Washington
















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TO:  ABATE of Washington members.  January 7, 2018

FROM: Legislative Affairs Officer - ABATE of Washington



Please, your help is URGENTLY needed!

 ABATE members only have (at this moment) appointments with 27 out of 147 legislators.  And most of those have been made by only 7 people or chapters.  Come on, make your appointments and email the times to me at so we can get them on the list and know who is and isn't covered.

 ABATE is a legislative organization, put as much effort into the "charity" of our own Freedom as you would setting up a poker run.

 Brian Lange

Legislative Affairs Officer

ABATE of Washington



ABATE of Washington, Communications Officer, ABATE of Washington, PO Box 8369, Tacoma, WA 98419-0369

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LEGISLATIVE CALL TO ACTION!!!         March 16,  2017


TO:  All Members of ABATE of Washington and Associates








This is a simple concept, and one everyone can take part in.  Starting at 9:00 AM on Friday March 17th, and continuing until 1:00 PM, call Rep. Clibborn's office and email her. 


<>      360 786-7926



With each call and email simply leave the message; "I request a hearing on 5378."  You don't have to say anymore, or any less.  Let's overwhelm her office phone, and email with requests for a hearing on 5378 during that 4 hour period.  That will get the message across.  Everyone from across the state should be able to make a phone call, and send an email.  Let the motorcyclists in the state demonstrate our will, and let her know how much we want this hearing.  Just by using that one simple sentence; "I request a hearing on 5378" we can put pressure on the committee chair.  Then on Friday we will continue the pressure with the protest at the Capitol.

All it will take is the one sentence; "I request a hearing on 5378."



Thanks, and let's get this done!!  Copy to all your rider Friends!!


Refer Questions and Comments to:  <>


Brian Lange

Legislative Affairs Officer

ABATE of Washington 



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LEGISLATIVE CALL TO ACTION!!!         March 15,  2017


TO:  All Members of ABATE of Washington and Associates








With House Transportation Committee Chair, Rep. Judy Clibborn refusing to hold a hearing on SSB5378 (the Lane Sharing Bill), and with ABATE leadership approval, I am calling for a peaceful protest demonstration at the sundial between the John A Cherberg and John L O'Brien buildings behind the Capitol on Friday, March 17th at 11:00 AM. This will put us directly below Rep. Clibborn's office.  


Feel free to bring hand held signs that read something to the effect of; "GIVE 5378 A HEARING", "FREE 5378", "LANE SHARING RELIEVES CONGESTION", "WSP SHOULDN'T CONTROL LEGISLATION", etc.  


Be creative, but not rude if you make a protest sign.  You get the idea...whether they are just paper and felt pen signs, that is fine.

The goal is to fill that area with bikers below her office, make a few speeches, and get our message across that we are simply asking for 5378 to be heard in a public hearing.  With only a quarter of the bills dropped in the Senate making it to the House, and no real opposition appearing among the committee members, we are stating our desire that the Chair hold a public hearing on SSB5378 asap.



Thanks, and let's get this done!!  Copy to all your rider Friends!!


Refer Questions and Comments to:  <>


Brian Lange

Legislative Affairs Officer

ABATE of Washington


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LEGISLATIVE CALL TO ACTION!!!         Feb 25,  2017

LANE SHARING - Senate Bill 5378

TO:  All Members of ABATE of Washington and Associates




Senate Bill 5378 (The Lane Sharing Bill) has progressed and is on the Floor Calendar in the Senate.  


That means that the bill is up for debate and a vote on the Senate Floor.  


Contact your Senator's office and ask that they support and vote to pass SB5378.  


Let's flood them with emails and phone calls requesting they vote to pass 5378 out of the Senate.  Let's get this bill moved passed the Senate and into the House.


By now, everyone should at least know what district they live in.  If not, here is the link to the legislatures "Find Your District" web page.   <>  Then use the information to send an email or make the phone call to your Senator, and tell them you wish them to support and vote for SB5378.


Thanks, and let's get this done!!  Copy to all your rider Friends!!



Brian Lange

Legislative Affairs Officer

ABATE of Washington


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TO: All ABATE of Washington Members and Associates

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LEGISLATIVE CALL TO ACTION!!!         Feb 18,  2017
TO:  All Members of ABATE of Washington and Associates

Substitute House Bill 1804 has been referred to the House Transportation Committee for further review instead of to the House Rules Committee after it passed out of the House Business & Financial Services Committee. We need to strike back hard and fast to put pressure on the legislature to pass SHB 1804 on to the House Rules Committee ASAP.  We only have until the 24th to get it out of committee, and someone in the legislature has decided our bill has to go through an additional committee.
Substitute House Bill 1804 was passed OUT OF the Business & Financial Services Committee on Wednesday, February 15th. Today, (2/17/2017)  it was referred to the TRANSPORTATION Committee for consideration. NOT to the Rules Committee as is normally the case.
Contact your legislators IMMEDIATELY and ask why this bill must pass through additional committee review prior to being referred to the House Rules Committee.
This would seem to be an intentional tactic to delay this bill beyond the cut-off date of February 24th to pass out of its original committee!
We must not allow those who oppose us to steal our rights away in some form of power play. Contact your House Representative ASAP!
Brian Lange
Legislative Affairs Officer
ABATE of Washington

Refer Questions and Comments to <>
ABATE of Washington, Communications Officer, ABATE of Washington, PO Box 8369, Tacoma, WA 98419-0369
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CALLS TO ACTION & Alerts !!!

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LEGISLATIVE CALL TO ACTION!!!         Feb 7,  2017

 TO:  All Members of ABATE of Washington and Associates


 Our helmet bill in the Senate received a "do pass" vote and was referred
 to the Rules Committee dependent on signatures.  


 Again this year, the necessary signatures were not there.  


 Luckily, we have another hearing on a helmet bill in the House, 


 HB1804.  This hearing will be in the Business & Financial Institutions
 Committee at 8:00 AM in the John L. O'Brien Bldg at the Capitol.




 This is a Call To Action to come and fill the hearing room
  and show support  for a helmet bill in the House of Representatives.
  The hearing is in the Business & Financial Institutions Committee
  (the insurance committee) on a bill virtually identical to SB5156 in the Senate.

 We really need to fill this hearing room with supporters.
  The hearing is on February 14th, at 8:00 AM
  in the John L. O'Brien Bldg. of the Capitol.

  HB1804 is our first helmet bill hearing in the House.
  Be there, and be part of history in the making.
  Due to the early hour of the hearing,
  do not let the probable cold temperatures affect you.
  If you don't ride down, cage it, bus it, just be there if you are at all able.


 We have not had a helmet bill get a hearing in the House since before 1990.
 This is when the helmet law was enacted.

  Be there, and be a part of history.


 Brian Lange

 Legislative Affairs Officer

 ABATE of Washington


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Call to Action-Request a Public Hearing for HB 1553
US Defenders /COIR-WA 
Important message from: 
Lyle Coyle - State Coordinator - ABATE of Washington            

February 6, 2017
It is time for US Defenders and COIR, in concert with ABATE of Washington members and all Motorcyclists to act.

HB 1553 is the most important piece of Legislation we have ever attempted to pass.

HB 1553 is an ACT relating to; including, displaying or wearing motorcycle related or motorcycle-club related paraphernalia as a factor in profiling discrimination; and amending RCW 49.60.030. 

1. Call and Request a Hearing:

2. The Problem; 
- Motorcycle discrimination goes beyond just roadside stops and includes the upward trend of motorcyclists fitting an inaccurate stereotype
 being denied access to public accommodations and public events.  In many cases, cities and municipalities are behind these exclusions.

- Although the law pased in 2011 has reduced motorcycle profiling stops, they have not been eliminated.  The current law does not contain an explicit prohibition or a relief provision.

3. This Law Would Solve These Issues:
- Prohibit discrimination against those in public accommodations and employment.

- Expand the definition of profiling to include denying access to public accommodation as defined by state law and  expands this protection to all groups identified in the Washington civil rights statute.

- Explicitly prohibits profiling going beyond current training requirements.




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LEGISLATIVE CALL TO ACTION!!!                January 31, 2017
This CTA is an attempt to put pressure on Rep. Clibborn in the House
 to hold a hearing, and get the helmet bill out of the committee before
 the cut-off date of Feb. 24th.
We have just had hearings on our bills in the Senate, and the process is in motion.  HOWEVER, it is a different story in the House.  We need to have our bills out of committee in the House by Feb. 24th or they are DONE FOR THE YEAR.

  That means all of our efforts in the Senate will eventually be stopped by
 ONE PERSON'S DECISION not to hold an open hearing on our bills.
  Will you allow one person to control our ability to exercise our Rights?
 If you say no, than contact your legislator and fervently request they ask
 Representative Clibborn to hold a hearing on HB1157 and HB1803.
To prevent that from happening, we must reach out and put pressure on the House
 Transportation Committee Chair to hold a hearing on our bills.

  I am asking each and every one of you to contact your legislative representative, by
 phone AND by email demanding they ask Representative Clibborn hold a hearing on
 HB1157 (the lane sharing safety act) and HB1803 (the helmet bill).  We need
 EVERYONE to take part in this effort, and let the weight of the motorcycling
 community of Washington State be felt in Olympia.  Do not just sit back and allow the
 Committee Chair to ignore the demands of our community because she does not
 support them.  I ask you to put pressure on your legislators to put pressure on the
 Committee Chair to hold a hearing.  Contact them by phone and email.
Contact your Representatives, no matter what district you live in.  Or whether they are Democrat or doesn't matter.  What does matter is contacting them and letting our demand for a hearing be heard.  
. ESPECIALLY if you live in ANY of the following districts,
 one of your Representatives is on the House Transportation Committee,
 it is imperative that you contact your legislators demanding a public hearing
 on HB1157 and HB1803.

  Let's not be ignored by the House Transportation Chair any longer.
House Transportation Committee Members
  1st Dist.  Rep. Kloba
  3rd Dist. Rep. Riccelli
  4th Dist. Rep. Shea
  5th Dist. Rep. Rodne
10th Dist. Rep. Hayes
18th Dist. Rep. Pike
20th Dist. Rep. Orcutt
21st Dist. Rep. Ortiz-Self
24th Dist. Rep. Chapman
25th Dist. Rep. Stambaugh
26th Dist. Rep. Young
27th Dist. Rep. Fey
30th Dist. Rep. Pelliciotti
31st Dist. Rep. Irwin
33rd Dist. Rep. Gregerson
36th Dist. Rep. Tarleton
40th Dist. Rep. Morris
41st Dist. Rep. Clibborn
42nd Dist. Rep. Van Werven
44th Dist. Rep. Harmsworth
44th Dist. Rep Lovick
46th Dist Rep. Farrell
47th Dist. Rep. Hargrove
48th Dist. Rep. McBride
49th Dist. Rep. Wylie
Without our combined efforts, everything we have accomplished in the
 Senate will have been for nothing.  As a community, we need to put pressure
 on the Chair of the House Transportation Committee to hold a hearing on
 these bills ASAP.  
Let's crash their email servers by filling them with requests.

  We've done it before, let's do it again.  Make our point heard!!
Thank you for your support, and let's RIDE FREE!!
Brian Lange
Legislative Affairs Officer
ABATE of Washington


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January 25, 2017

     TO: All ABATE of Washington Members and Associates.

Legislative Call To Action !
This is a Call To Action on Senate Bill 5156, the helmet bill with liability requirement.  

Calling all able bodied members and supporters of Freedom of Choice!!  ABATE's helmet bill in the Senate is being heard on January 30th, at 3:30 PM in the John A. Cherberg Building.  This is the Helmet Bill that would allow anyone over 18 to be able to ride without a helmet as long as they had liability insurance meeting the state minimum.  Just like for your car.  The same coverage liability, not medical, or PIP.  Let's fill the hearing room!  It should be hearing room 1 but that may change.  The key points once again are that it will on January 30th, at 3:30 PM in the John A Cherberg building.  Ride Free! Let's get this done!!

Brian Lange
Legislative Affairs Officer
ABATE of Washington

Use this link if you need to review the Bill:


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 TO: All ABATE of Washington Members and Associates
Here is an URGENT CTA coming down from US Defenders.  Please send this out asap to all members!!
Thanks, Brian
It's time to get serious folks we really need your help.  This is a Call To Action for everyone to contact (email or call) their Senator and ask them to "Pink Slip" (sign onto) SB6624 - Addressing Profiling in places of public accommodation.
Next, do the same thing with your Representatives and ask them to "Pink Slip" HB2950 - Addressing profiling in places of public accommodation.
The bills will be available for sponsorship until Monday Jan 28th so we need to act now!
There will be a follow up call to action that will be specific to the committee(s) that the bills are assigned to in the near future.
These bills are presented by the Washington Council of Clubs and the Motorcycle Profiling Project and are supported by A.B.A.T.E and other MRO's and represent our ongoing mission to proactively work with our legislators to end motorcycle profiling on all levels of the public sector.
PLEASE ACT NOW AND GET YOUR PEOPLE INVOLVED.  The motorcycle rights movement in Washington State is on it way to making history again and as we learned from our previous success it takes everyone's participation.
You can find you legislators easily by following this link .  Enter your address and it will pull up the legislators for your district.  Simply click on your senator or representatives name and it will bring up their contact information.
Thank you very much for your prompt attention and assistance.
Lt. Commander, U.S. Defenders WA

Brian Lange
Legislative Affairs Officer
ABATE of Washington





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 TO: All ABATE of Washington Members and Associates
Now is the time to put pressure on the House to hold a hearing.  We have until February 5th to get a hearing on HB1515, our lane filtering bill.  The Senate version would restrict us to using the left shoulder between the fog line and the jersey barrier (where all the debris and rumble strips are).  The House bill still holds the original language, and isn't all tweaked up like the Senate version is.  So here is what I am asking every member to do:  Email your House Representative ASAP and ask them to request a hearing on HB1515 from the Chair of the House Transportation Committee.  
Especially if they are one of the following legislators (who are on the House Transportation Committee):
41st District  Judy Clibborn      (Committee Chair)
46th District  Jessyn Farrell     (Committee Vice Chair)  
27th District  Jake Fey            (Committee Vice Chair)  
1st   District  Luis Moscoso      (Committee Vice Chair)
20th District  Ed Orcutt           (Ranking Minority Member)
47th District  Mark Hargorve     (Asst. Ranking Minority Member)
44th District  Mark Harmsworth (Asst. Ranking Minority Member)
11th District  Steve Bergquist   (Deputy Majority Floor Leader)
33rd District  Mia Gregerson
10th District  Dave Hayes         (Asst. Minority Whip)
30th District  Teri Hickel
30th District  Linda Kochmar
48th District  Joan McBride       (Asst Majority Whip)
49th District  Jim Moeller          (Speaker Pro-Tem)
40th District  Jeff Morris
21st District  Lillian Ortiz-Self
18th District  Liz Pike
3rd District   Marcus Riccelli     (Deputy Minority Whip)
5th District   Jay Rodne
19th District  JD Rossetti
38th District  Mike Sells
4th District   Matt Shea          (Asst Minority Floor Leader)
25th District  Melanie Stambaugh
36th District Gael Tarleton      (Majority Floor Leader)
26th District  Jesse Young 
We have until February 5th to get our bill out of the Committee.  So we are under pressure, as that gives us one week.  Now is the time to put pressure on the House to hold a hearing!!  Contact your House Representative (especially if they are on the above list) and request they contact the House Transportation Chair to request a hearing on HB1515.  If we can put enough pressure on quickly, we MAY be able to get a hearing on our bill.
If you do not know what district you live in, or who your Representatives are, follow this link to the "find your district page on the legislatures website:   
Our only other current option is to wait for the Senate version to come back to the House, and have the language amended.  That would be the hardest route.  Let's try the House first, and if that doesn't work, we will do what we can with the Senate version.  Either way, it seems our hopes for an amended helmet bill are dead until next year.  So let's grab the last brass ring available to us, and get some movement on our lane filtering bill.
Thanks for all your support and effort. The battle for "rights" goes on!
Brian Lange
Legislative Affairs Officer
ABATE of Washington



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 7/27/2015          Washington Motorcycle Riders Alert !!!

TO:  All Member's - ABATE of Washington  

FROM: Brian Lange - LAO


Washington State Patrol (WSP)- Plans To STOP Motorcyclists in KING, PIERCE
 and SNOHOMISH Counties.  July 31 thru August 16.


This ALERT affects those who may be riding in King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties
 between July 31st & Aug. 16th. But it is something we should all be aware of.


WSP, and other law enforcement agencies
will be conducting stops to inspect for "illegal violations on and around motorcycles".
  Be prepared to be stopped during this time to have your bike "inspected"
if you should happen to ride through these three counties during this period.



This is due to the state trying to reach their unattainable "Target Zero" goal
of zero accidental highway deaths by 2030. 
 Here is a link to a press release about the enforcement program.


This is, to me, another form of "unequal protection"
 as we don't have automobiles being subjected to random safety checks.
  Even though their fatality rate is much higher in real numbers than motorcyclists.




Brian Lange

ABATE of Washington

Legislative Affairs Officer



Click the Take Action link and complete this!!


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Call to Action - Legislative                       5/24/2015


TO:  All Member's - ABATE of Washington  

From: Lucky Les
Sent: Sunday, May 24, 2015 8:06 PM
Subject: Urgent Call to Action
Click this link and let's get busy...
I would suggest making phone calls starting on Tuesday as no Government offices will be open on Monday. can start in e-mailing and faxing immediately.
The COC itself and our very way of life is under attack, innocent people have been slaughtered by the police, and many more innocent people have been locked up. Do not take this lightly, if ever there was a call to action that you need to get to work on....this is it!!

Lucky Les
Lt. Commander
US Defenders









Bills may put motorcyclists at risk
Contact Congress today!


 Take Action 
On Feb. 10, U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) introduced S. 424, the Wi-Fi Innovation Act . The bill would require the Federal Communications Commission to open the reserved spectrum to unlicensed devices in the upper 5.8 GHz and lower 5.9 GHz band, eliminating the FCC and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s ability to ensure the vehicle-to-vehicle technology is free from interference.
Companion legislation (H.R. 821) has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by U.S. Reps. Bob Latta (R-Ohio), Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) and Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.).
The American Motorcyclist Association opposes these bills and shares the Intelligent Transportation Society of America’s position that the testing plan for the use of unlicensed devices in the 5.8 GHz to 5.9 GHz band “should proceed without pre-emptive legislation that sets arbitrary deadlines and restrictive parameters.”
Tell Congress you oppose these bills. Send a prewritten email by using the easy-to-use AMA Federal Action Center.
The AMA is concerned that over-reliance on technological driving solutions could increase the risk to motorcyclists by lulling motorists into a false sense of security and by reducing their overall awareness of their surroundings while behind the wheel.
Before allowing unlicensed devices to operate within the band, the DOT needs to test them, free from political pressure and artificial deadlines, to ensure that motorcyclists’ safety and privacy are secure and that vehicles using advanced crash-avoidance and vehicle-to-vehicle technologies are not compromised.
To date, the DOT has been unable to guarantee there would be no interference.
Intersections already pose a well-documented problem for motorcyclists. Imagine how much more dangerous intersections would become if drivers begin to rely on advanced safety technologies that are not thoroughly tested? Drivers may believe these technologies will protect them and other road users, and may not be prepared for malfunction at a critical juncture.
In testimony before the House Science, Space and Technology Committee in the last Congress, U.S. Department of Transportation Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology Gregory D. Winfree said, “We have very serious concerns about any spectrum sharing that prevents or delays access to the desired channel or otherwise preempts the safety applications. At this time, the department is unaware of any existing or proposed technical solution which guarantees interference-free operation of the DSRC safety-critical applications, while allowing Wi-Fi enabled devices to share the 5.9 GHz spectrum” (emphasis added).
The DOT believes these technologies will reduce the 6 million crashes and more than 30,000 fatalities that occur annually on U.S. roadways. According to a National Telecommunications and Information Administration report, connected-vehicle technology “will enhance safety on the nation’s highways,” potentially addressing “80 percent of the crash scenarios involving non-impaired drivers.” The report also cites National Highway Traffic Safety Administration research showing that connected-vehicle technology “could help prevent the majority of types of crashes that typically occur in the real world, such as crashes at intersections or while changing lanes.”
In a landmark study published in 1981, the Motorcycle Accident Cause Factors and Identification of Countermeasures Volume I: Technical Report (popularly known as the “Hurt Report”), the single most common multi-vehicle motorcycle crash involves a car making a left turn into the path of a motorcycle at an intersection. Additionally, in a “Motorcycle Accidents In-Depth Study,” researchers investigated in detail 921 crashes in 1999 and 2000 in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and Italy and found that 54.3 percent of the crashes occurred at intersections.
Help ensure that future high-technology solutions for our roadways make the riding environment safer for motorcyclists. Tell Congress you oppose these bills!
Thousands of riders like you join the AMA to unite for a common goal – to protect our freedom to ride. As an AMA member, you will stand with hundreds of thousands of advocates nationwide fighting anti-motorcycling forces that threaten our right to ride and race. That’s why the AMA is where you belong. Visit or call (800) AMA-JOIN today.
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