Skip to main content
Add Me To Your Mailing List
Shopping Cart
cancel
Home2017-2018 MC Bills Summary

MASSACHUSETTS MOTORCYCLE ASSOCIATION BILLS
Updated:  March 16, 2017

S.1949 – Senator Thomas McGee – An Act establishing a motorcycle safety fund - Seeks to create a dedicated Motorcycle Safety Fund and also rebate not less than $150.00 for Junior Motorcycle Riders who successfully complete the MREP BRC - Motorcyclists pay a $2.00 premium during their annual registration that is supposed to be allocated to a Motorcycle Safety Fund.   Though this fund technically exists, it’s under control of MassDOT; details are kept from the public.   This Bill seeks to ensure that this money is fully accounted for and stays in a dedicated Motorcycle Safety Fund and is accounted for.

Co-Sponsors:  Louis Kafka, Angelo Puppolo, William Crocker, Susan Gifford, Todd Smola, Kenneth Gordon, Sal DiMomenico, Thomas Walsh, Carolyn Dykema, Paul Tucker, Anne Gobi
Referred:  Joint Committee on Transportation

H.2725 – Representative Angelo D’Emilia – An Act regarding Motorcycle Sound Emissions - Seeks to direct LEOs usage in favor of MGL 90-7S, 7T, and 7U - Massachusetts has two different set of laws that address Motorcycle Sound Emissions.   One of them is completely subjective and allows Law Enforcement too much leeway when determining how load is “too loud”.   The other is completely objective and requires a series of controlled tests specific to Motorcycles.   The Bill seeks to eliminate LEO use of the subjective law when dealing with Motorcycles.

Co-Sponsors:  Susan Gifford, F. Jay Barrows, Shelia Harrington, Angelo Puppolo, Will Crocker, Keiko Orrall, Todd Smola, Kenneth Gordon, David Muradian, Donald Berthiaume, Carolyn Dykema, Paul Frost, Paul Heroux, Kevin Kuros, Shaunna O’Connell, Paul Tucker, David Vieira

S.1923 – Senator Anne Gobi – An Act relative to standards for protective headgear for operators or passengers on motorcycles - Seeks to provide Helmet Freedom of Choice for motorcycle riders within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts - Citizens across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts have the right to bear arms, serve in the Military, and a plethora of other freedoms, yet they are not allowed to ride helmet-free if they so choose.   At the same time, 4 New England Border States offer “Helmet Choice” and motorcyclists are leaving or by-passing Massachusetts to spend their tourist dollars each weekend; the MMA estimates that if only 10% of Massachusetts’ riders stayed home each weekend, $1.25M per day would remain in the Commonwealth.   This Bill creates “Freedom of Choice” for motorcyclists riding in Massachusetts.

Co-Sponsors:  Angelo Puppolo, Todd Smola, Angelo D’Emilia, Kenneth Gordon, Richard Ross, Kevin Kuros
Referred:  Joint Committee on Transportation

H.1917 – Representative Tim Whelan – An Act relative to motorcycle safety with malfunctioning traffic signals not detecting motorcycles - Seeks to safely allow motorists to pass through a red light that isn’t working correctly - Throughout the Commonwealth, Motorcyclists, Bicyclists and other roadway users find themselves “stuck” at Traffic Actuated Control Signals that do not recognize their presence resulting in often illegal and potentially dangerous results.   This Bill creates a set of guidelines similar to “Right on Red” which can create consistent behavior and safe passage should a traffic signal malfunction in the Commonwealth.

Co-Sponsors:  F. Jay Barrows, Will Crocker, Julian Cyr, David DeCoste, Carolyn Dykema, Paul Frost, Susan Gifford, Kenneth Gordon, Louis Kafka, Kay Khan, Kevin Kuros, James Miceli, Leonard Mirra, Michael Moore, David Muratore, Shaunna O’Connell, Keik Orrall, Elizabeth Poirier, Angelo Puppolo, Richard Ross, Todd Smola
Referred:  Joint Committee on Transportation

H.2752 – Representative Sarah Peake – An Act regarding Right of Way Violations - In MA, if a motorist violates another’s Right-of-Way (RoW) they receive nothing more than a $35 citation – a slap on the wrist; the potential penalty to a Motorcyclist, Bicyclist, or Pedestrian could be a LIFE SENTENCE at the Cemetery!   In MA, 65% of the time that a Motorcycle is involved in an accident with another vehicle, it’s because the other motorist turned left in front of the oncoming Motorcycle!   This Bill seeks accountability for motorists who injure or cause the death of other roadway users due to RoW Violations.

Co-Sponsors:  Tim Whelan, Jay Barrows, Angelo Puppolo, Will Crocker, Peter Durant, Josh Cutler, Susan Gifford, Keiko Orrall, Todd Smola, Randy Hunt, Ken Gordon, Louis Kafka, Richard Ross, Julian Cyr, Carolyn Dykema, Gailanne Cariddi
Referred: 

H.2731 – Representative Carolyn Dykema – An Act regarding Special Regulations for Vehicle Specific Checkpoints - Seeks to eliminate the practice of road-side vehicle stops for specific motor vehicles - Roadblocks and Vehicle Checkpoints are periodically used for Safety Purposes.   Although the Massachusetts Constitution has specific processes and regulations for how and when “safety” checkpoints can be operated, it didn’t stop some local municipalities from violating the Constitution with State Police support.   This Bill eliminates checkpoint stops based on the type of vehicle, or adornment of the vehicle and/or its operator.

Co-Sponsors:  Chris Walsh, Sarah Peake, Angelo Puppolo, Will Crocker, Josh Cutler, Susan Gifford, Paul Tucker
Referred: 

H.2750 – Representative Shaunna O’Connell – An Act regarding Equal Access for Motorcycles - Seeks to remove and bar limitations for motorcycles on certain roadways, parking facilities, and similar locations - In MA, motorcycle operators are prohibited from parking in certain structures.   This Bill seeks to eliminate this discrimination from all structures and roadways that receive monies for building, maintenance, and/or operations from the State and the Federal Government and excludes motorcyclists.

Co-Sponsors:  Will Crocker, David DeCoste, Geoff Diehl, Susan Gifford, Kevin Kuros, Angelo Puppolo, Bruce Tarr, Rick Gleason (MMA)
Referred:

S.1948 – Senator Joan Lovely - An Act regarding Equal Access for Motorcycles - Seeks to remove and bar limitations for motorcycles on certain roadways, parking facilities, and similar locations - In MA, motorcycle operators are prohibited from parking in certain structures.   This Bill seeks to eliminate this discrimination from all structures and roadways that receive monies for building, maintenance, and/or operations from the State and the Federal Government and excludes motorcyclists.

Co-Sponsors:  Thomas Walsh, Paul Tucker
Referred:  Joint Committee on Transportation

H.1845 – Representative Brad Hill – An Act relative to Motorcycle Safety - An Act that seeks to change language changing “Motorcycle Safety Foundation” and “Motorcycle Safety Fund” to the “Massachusetts Motorcycle Rider Education Program”.

Co-Sponsors:  Tim Whelan, F. Jay Barrows, Angelo Puppolo, Will Crocker, Susan Gifford, Todd Smola, Keiko Orrall, David Muradian, Bruce Tarr, Paul Tucker, Kevin Kuros
Referred:  Joint Committee on Transportation

REDUNDANT TO MMA BILLS

S.1922 – Anne Gobi – An Act to promote and advance motorcycle safety – Older version of the MMA’s “rebate” for successful BRC passage for Junior Riders

Co-Sponsors:  None
Referred:  Joint Committee on Transportation


S.1921
– Anne Gobi – An Act defining special regulations for vehicle specific checkpoints

Co-Sponsors:  None
Referred:  Joint Committee on Transportation


H.1862
– Marc Lombardo – An Act relative to motorcycle helmet choice for 18+ year old riders.

Co-Sponsors:  Shaunna O’Connell
Referred:  Joint Committee on Transportation


NON-MMA BILLS (to monitor)

S.1947 – Barbara L’Italian – An Act to allow Lane-Splitting in the Commonwealth (By Request)

Co-Sponsors:  None
Referred:  Joint Committee on Public Safety


S.1175
– Cynthia Stone Creem - An Act to protect children and families from harmful flame retardants

Co-Sponsors:  LOTS (34)
Referred:  Joint Committee on Public Safety


S.1924
– Anne Gobi – An Act providing for distinctive registration plates for certain veterans who participated in the testing of Atomic Weapons

            Co-Sponsors:  None
            Referred:  Joint Committee on Transportation


H.1818
– Michael Day – An Act relative to license plates

Co-Sponsors:  Leonard Mirra, Jose Tosado, Chris Walsh
Referred:  Joint Committee on Transportation


H.1807
– James Cantwell – An Act allowing for a Legion of Merit license plate

            Co-Sponsors:  None
            Referred:  Joint Committee on Transportation


H.1825
– James Dwyer – An Act exempting Veterans from the standard registration fee for Veterans license plates

            Co-Sponsors:  Timothy Whelan, Michael Day
            Referred:  Joint Committee on Transportation


H.1891
– Todd Smola – An Act to authorize firefighter motorcycle license plates

            Co-Sponsors:  Timothy Whelan
            Referred:  Joint Committee on Transportation


S.96
– Michael Brady – An Act relative to the digital Right to Repair – Excludes “a Motorcycle”

Co-Sponsors:  Thomas Calter, James Timilty, Walter Timilty, Joan Lovely, Josh Culter, William Brownsburger
Referred:  Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure


H.2763
– Claire Cronin – An Act providing for designated parking for veterans at city and town halls

            Co-Sponsors:  Jason M Lewis, Carole A Fiola, Michelle M DuBois, Jeffrey Roy, Shaunna O’Connell
            Referred: 
Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affiars


H.1846
– Brad Hill – An Act relative to updating Massachusetts driver education

Co-Sponsors: Louis Kafka
Referred:  Joint Committee on Transportation

SECTION 1. Section 13D of Chapter 71 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2014 Official Edition, is hereby amended, in line 22, by striking the words “Motorcycle Safety Foundation” and inserting in place thereof the following words:- “Massachusetts Motorcycle Rider Education Program”.

SECTION 2. Section 32G of Chapter 90 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2014 Official Edition, is hereby amended, in lines 190-191, by striking the words “Motorcycle Safety Foundation” and inserting in place thereof the following words:- “Massachusetts Motorcycle Rider Education Program”.


HD.3593
– Joseph McKenna – An Act to allow hardship licenses and interlocking ignition devices on motorcycles

            Co-Sponsors: 
            Referred: 


HD.3588
– Antonio Cabral – An Act creating the Massachusetts Transportation and Environment Equity Fund

Co-Sponsors:
            Referred: 


HD.3401
– Daniel Cahill - An Act Establishing a Motorcycle Safety Fund

                  Co-Sponsors:    None
            Referred:

Chapter 10 of the General Laws as appearing in the 2014 Official Edition is hereby amended by:

            Inserting after section 35AAA the following section:-

35BBB There shall be established and set up on the books of the commonwealth a separate fund to be known as the Motorcycle Safety Fund for motorcycle safety related activities. Such fund shall consist of all revenues received by the commonwealth under section thirty-four of chapter ninety and which are specifically designed therein for said Motorcycle Safety Fund.

All revenues credited under this section shall remain in said Motorcycle Safety Fund, subject to appropriation to establish motorcycle safety related activities.


HD.3128
– Paul Schmid - An Act to reduce the fee for motor vehicle veteran registration plates

Co-Sponsors:
            Referred: 


HD.3058
– Nick Collins - An Act relative to autocycle motor vehicle definition and operating requirements

Co-Sponsors:
            Referred: 


H.1916
– Thomas Walsh - An Act establishing the Blue Star Family license plate

Co-Sponsors:  Lots (52)
            Referred: 
Joint Committee on Transportation


H.1805
– Thomas Calter – An Act relative to Antique Boats, Automobiles, and Motorcycles

Co-Sponsors:   Vinny deMacedo, Steven Howitt, Michael O Moore, Mathew Muratore, Keiko Orrall, Bruce E Tarr, Chris Walsh
Referred:   Joint Committee on Transportation


H.143
– Claire Cronin – An Act relative to the digital right to repair

Co-Sponsors:  
Referred:   Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure

“Excludes a Motorcycle”


H.1888
– Jeffrey Roy – An Act to further regulate Motorcycle Exhaust Sound Levels

Co-Sponsors:   Paul McMurtry
Referred:  Joint Committee on Transportation

§7S.  Definitions.

            The following words used in this section twenty-four A to twenty-four C, inclusive, unless the context otherwise requires shall have the following meanings:

            "A-weighted sound level", the sound level in decibels as measured on a sound level meter using a A-weighting network.  The level is designated dB(A).

            "Decibel (dB)", a unit for measuring the volume of a sound, equal to twenty times the logarithm to the base 10 of the ratio of the pressure of the sound measured to the reference pressure; which is 20 micropascals or 20 micronewtons per square meter.

            "Motorcycle", any motor vehicle having a seat or saddle for the use of the rider and designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground, including any bicycle with a motor or driving wheel attached, except a tractor or a motor vehicle designed for carrying golf clubs and not more than four persons, an industrial three-wheel truck, or a motor vehicle on which the operator and passengers ride within an enclosed cab.

            "Person", an individual, association, partnership, or corporation, and includes any officer, employee, department, agency or instrumentality of the commonwealth or any political subdivision of the commonwealth.

            "Registrar", the registrar of motor vehicles.

            "Sound level", the weighted sound pressure level obtained by the use of a sound level meter and frequency weighting network, such as A, B or C as specified in American National Standards Institute specifications for sound level meters (ANSI S1.4-1971 or any successor ANSI sound level meter specifications).  If the frequency weighting employed is not indicated, the A-weighting shall apply.

            §7T.  Motorcycle sound levels; testing regulations.

            §7U.  Motorcycles; maximum sound levels.

            No person shall operate any motorcycle intended for use on the highways of the commonwealth and registered under the provisions of section two of chapter ninety which produces a sound level in excess of the following decibels, when measured in accordance with the provisions of the SAE International Recommended Practice SAE J2825, “Measurement of Exhaust Sound Pressure Levels of Stationary On-Highway Motorcycles”:

            (a) Ninety-two dBA at idle.

            (b) Ninety-six dBA at 2000 (±200) rpm or 75% of maximum engine speed, whichever is less, for motorcycles with less than three cylinders or more than four cylinders.

            (c) One hundred dBA at 5000 rpm (±200) rpm or 75% of maximum engine speed, whichever is less, for motorcycles with three or four cylinders.

            Before determining compliance, two dBA should be subtracted from the sound measurement for any motorcycle equipped with an exhaust system labeled in accordance with 40 CFR 205.169(e)(1) as meeting the Federal EPA noise emission requirements.  This adjustment shall not apply to labeled systems that have obviously been modified or tampered with.


H.1831
– William Galvin - An Act relative to motorcycle inspections

Co-Sponsors:   None
Referred:  Joint Committee on Transportation


SECTION 1.  Notwithstanding the provisions of chapter 90 or any other law, rule or regulation, the owner of any motorcycle shall be allowed 10 days in order to obtain a safety inspection sticker.


S.1979
– Richard Ross - An Act relative to distinctive plates for veterans

Co-Sponsors:  Don Humason, Ryan Fattman, Linda Campbell, Eric Lesser, Bruce Tarr

SECTION 1. The fifteenth paragraph of section 2 of chapter 90 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2014 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting, in line 411, after the word “furnish” the following words:- “without charge”.

SECTION 2. Said fifteenth paragraph of section 2 of chapter 90, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by striking the third sentence.

SECTION 3. Said section 2 of chapter 90, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by inserting the following:-

“Notwithstanding any provision of this section, no veteran, who is the owner of a private passenger motor vehicle or a motorcycle, shall be charged an annual fee for a distinctive registration plate.”