[ABATE Local 6 Elist] FW: [ABATE] AB 51 is coming to vote April 6 in the Assembly Transportation Committee

Nancy Nemecek nemecek at san.rr.com
Mon Apr 6 17:39:37 PET 2015


Some of you on the ABATE Discussion will have received this already.  The
bill passed through the Trans Committee, BUT there will be work done on the
language.  Please read the summary below.  Also note that the Chair of the
Committee is a rider, thinks there should be bill, and thinks the it needs
work to be acceptable.  

The bill goes through appropriations next . we'll keep you posted and let
you know what action is needed next.

Nancy

From: abate_ca at googlegroups.com [mailto:abate_ca at googlegroups.com] 
Sent: Monday, April 06, 2015 3:16 PM
To: A abate diss
Subject: [ABATE] AB 51 is coming to vote April 6 in the Assembly
Transportation Committee


 

AB 51 - Update.  

Today AB 51 was heard in the transportation committee of the State Assembly.
This bill was introduced by Bill Quirk and Co-Authored by Tom Lackey. They
stated that the intent of AB 51 was to codify the activity of lane
splitting. Lane splitting in California has been neither legal nor illegal.
In fact, the law is silent on lane splitting in  California. However, with
the recent actions of the CHP commissioner setting guidelines on their
website and 2014, this activity has been brought to the forefront of
discussions amongst many Californians.   


Although, we as motorcyclists generally support the activity of lane
splitting, today we found ourselves in a precarious situation where we
needed to oppose the current bill AB 51.  


Prior to the hearing, Jim Lombardo, the ABATE lobbyist, and myself walked
the hollow halls of the State Assembly to meet with as many Assemblyman
staffers as would take our meetings. We discussed the safety concerns of
this bill as written.  We also explained, that although we oppose the bill
formally, we support the lane splitting activity. We want to protect the
legality of lane splitting. And we welcome the opportunity to continue the
discussion to find a better speed definition in this bill.   


In the transportation committee meeting, Quirk and Lackey eloquently
presented their bill and the reasoning for their current restrictions.
Support testimony came from the insurance lobbyists. Opposition was stated
by Jim Lombardo and Nick Harris Jr. After the opposition testimony, Nearly
40 fellow bikers stood and spoke to give their opposition position.  After
both positions stated their case, the transportation committee chair
explained that he once owned a Harley and agreed that the bill needs to be
pushed forward however that the language was in fact to restrictive and
admonished some Assemblyman Quirk  and Lackey to work with a motorcycle
community to come up with a better more reasonable restrictions in the
definitions of this bill. 

 

The committee chair and then called for a vote, vote passed 13 to 1. 


After the hearing Assemblyman Quick hung out in the halls and talked with
many of us about these restrictions. He seemed genuinely engaged and willing
to work with us to find a better speed to include in AB51.  

 

AB51 now moves into appropriations, and assemblyman Quirk will continue to
reach out to the motorcycle community to refine the language and the
restrictions. 

Thanks, 

D-Man 

Horsemen, President 

Abate Local 8, PAC Officer 

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From: Gill <Gillabate at yahoo.com>
To: undisclosed-recipients <undisclosed-recipients@> 
Sent: Saturday, April 4, 2015 5:08 AM
Subject: AB 51 is coming to vote April 6 in the Assembly Transportation
Committee

 


  

  


 

March 28, 2015 

Dear ABATE of California Members 

AB 51 is coming to vote April 6 in the Assembly Transportation Committee. 

As the bill is written, there will be a 30 MPH lane sharing limit, with a 10
MPH speed differential. Your ABATE PAC has voted to not support this bill in
its current state. There have been attempts to negotiate different speed
limits. Assembly Member Quirk has been waiting for the results of a traffic
study to help determine and support modifications to the speed limits.
However, the report has been delayed. 

 

 

 

 


		

  


		

 
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