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MMA Action Alert: Motorcycle Representation On The Governor's Highway Safety Committee

Doc D'Errico  | Published on Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
** MOTORCYCLE REPRESENTATION ON THE GOVERNORS HIGHWAY SAFETY COMMITTEE **
** SHORT NOTICE ** CALL TO ACTION **
 

The Massachusetts Motorcycle Association (MMA) alerts riders that House Bill 3046 (H.3046), An Act adding motorcycle support to the Governors Highway Safety Committee has been released from the Joint Committee on Transportation with a Favorable, Ought to Pass recommendation.

H.3046 is now scheduled for the formal "2nd reading" and possible debate tomorrow, Wednesday October 9 at the next House of Representative Formal Session. Once past this hurdle, the bill moves to a "3rd reading" and vote on the House Floor before heading to the Senate for further debates & vote.

The Governors Highway Safety Committee  exists  per  Massachusetts  General  Law,  but  is  currently not  represented  by  anyone  whose  interest  lies  in  protecting  the  motorcyclists  of  Massachusetts.   Decisions  are  being  made  almost  daily  which  effect  motorcyclists  including  cable  barriers  along routes  2  and  140,  which  may  have  some  financial  benefit,  but  are  essentially  meat  slicers  to unprotected  motorists  like  a  motorcycle  rider.    Another example is the recent repaving along routes 290  and  395  in  Oxford  and  Worcester  which  created  deep  grooves  in  the  road.    These  now permanent  grooves  for  lane  markings  are  not  only  dangerous  to  motorcyclists,  but  will potentially reduce  the  lifecycle  of  the  pavement  by  allowing  ice  to  collect  and  expand,  cracking  the  road surface.    Such  decisions  need  to  be  reviewed  with  ALL  motorists  in  mind: the  lack  of motorcycle representation  on  such  a  committee  must  be  corrected. 

Riders are asked to contact their State Representative and request immediate support for House Bill 3046 which seeks to add a single seat for a representative of the Massachusetts Motorcycle Association (MMA).   Find your legislators here https://malegislature.gov/ and be sure they vote to support H.3046.

FAX your letters to your State Representatives Office or make a quick telephone call directly to your Representatives Legislative Aide.   Be sure to ask for a vote in support of H.3046 this Wednesday.

For additional information, visit www.MassMotorcycle.org and click on the Legislation tab.   Questions and comments can be sent to LegislativeDirector@MassMotorcycle.org.

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