Current CMRA Legislative Efforts

BAD NEWS!

What's Next?

03/21/19

Both HB 6161 and HB 7140 were approved yesterday by the Transportation Committee, a development Jim Duffy says he has never seen (i.e. two competing bills covering the same subject matter). So now the challenge for us is to work against HB 7140. It no longer needs to be targeted to Transportation members, every legislator needs to be contacted.

Please call and write to your own legislators (if you don't know who they are, find them here) and let them know that while you might accept raising the age from 18 to 21 (HB 6161), you vehemently oppose any effort to remove from adults the ability to choose when to wear a helmet (HB 7140). We do not regulate adults with regards to smoking, alcohol consumption nor dietary habits. The same principle should remain true with respect to adult helmet use. This is why 31 states over the last thirty five years continue to permit adults the freedom to choose with respect to motorcycle helmet use. It is imperative that your legislators vote the way you want them to. The more people they hear from, the better!

This needs to be done as soon as possible!

Here is a current list of all State Senators and Representatives, along with their districts and links to their websites where contact info can be found.

Our Legislative Dinner was a success - thanks to all who attended, and to the people who made donations.

Some of our CMRA representatives at the Transportation Committee hearing on February 25, 2019.

Photo by: Geoff Viscount © 2019.

Thanks!

By: Geoff Viscount

Again, as he has in the past, Richard Paukner has shown his impeccable skills as a true diplomat and consistent leader of the CMRA. On Monday, February 25, 2019, at a recent public hearing in the Transportation Committee for HB 7140, he performed with an incredible degree of excellence to rebuke a proposed piece of legislation that would require motorcycle operators of all ages to wear helmets at all times in order to operate their motorcycles. Rich, as I have previously stated publicly, enough cannot be said for your consistent and valued contribution to our organization. I truly feel that without your expertise and grasp of not only a fantastic degree of public speaking, but also the diplomacy it takes to win over the elected leaders with facts and figures, rather than appeal to them through emotion and misleading statements, this organization would have an unbelievably more difficult mountain to climb in our efforts to keep "freedom of choice" as the rule in Connecticut. My gratitude will always be forthcoming to you for your efforts that have always gone above and beyond the call.

 

Thanks to everyone who attended, submitted testimony, or contacted Legislators to let tham know how we feel!

Our new Governor, Ned Lamont, has publicly stated he would like to see Connecticut enact a universal helmet law for all motorcycle riders, regardless of age, not just those under eighteen. There has been a large turnover in the Connecticut State Legislature, and we have lost several long-time friends. We believe the risk of passage of such a proposed bill is very high.

The CMRA is presently watching the following bills:

HB07140: AN ACT CONCERNING RECOMMENDATIONS BY THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION REGARDING SEAT BELTS, MOTORCYCLE HELMETS, THE OPERATION LIFESAVER PROGRAM, MAINTENANCE VEHICLES AND TRANSPORTATION STATUTES.

This bill includes language that requires ALL motorcyclists to wear helmets. The CMRA has always opposed such bills.

HB06161: AN ACT REQUIRING THE USE OF HELMETS BY MOTORCYCLE OPERATORS AND PASSENGERS UNDER TWENTY-ONE YEARS OF AGE.

The CMRA believes it may be in our best interests to back this proposal, BUT, with a "line drawn in the sand" - meaning this is not a compromise that is subject to future revision. The new Governor has made it clear that he would support and sign a universal helmet law; we look at this as a compromise that may be acceptable. It would give the Governor and supportive Legislators a sense of accomplishment, while leaving those of us 21 and older with the freedom to still choose.

A Public Hearing was held for both of the above bills on Monday, 02/25/19 at the Legislative Office Building located at 300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford (See directions near the bottom of this page). Many of our members were present and gave testimony.

 

Let your Legislators know how you feel. If you don't know who your Legislators are, use this link to find out.

Here is a current list of Transportation Committee members, along with their districts and links to their websites where contact info can be found. If any of these are YOUR representatives, it is especially important to let them know how you feel about this and any other motorcycle-related bills, as all such bills usually go first to the Transportation Committee. Similar info for all other State Senators and Representatives is also on this list.

 


Previous CMRA Legislative Efforts

The CMRA Legislative Committee appeared in Hartford in opposition to the following proposed bill:

HB 6048: AN ACT REQUIRING THE USE OF HELMETS BY MOTORCYCLE OPERATORS AND PASSENGERS.

Heard on February 15th, 2017 (Transportation Committee) - Opposing testimony was given by CMRA members Rich Paukner, and Mike Joyce. They were supported by a number of other CMRA members. Thanks!

 


Other Resources:


Here is where to find your State Representative and State Senator.


Most Public Hearings are held at the Legislative Office Building located at 300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford.

Traveling on I-84 East

  • Take Exit 48, Capitol Avenue, get into the right lane of the exit ramp.
  • At the end of the exit ramp turn right onto Capitol Avenue.
  • Take the first right past the Legislative Office Building, proceed to the back of the garage and take a right to enter the garage using the left hand lane (employees) or the right hand lane (visitors).

Traveling on I-84 West

  • Take Exit 48, Asylum Street, at the end of the exit ramp turn right at the light onto Asylum Street.
  • At the YWCA turn left onto Broad Street, proceed through two stop lights, immediately after the Armory building take the first left and then another left at the end of the short access road.
  • Follow this road around the garage to the back and take a right to enter the garage using the left hand lane (employees) or the right hand lane (visitors).

Traveling on I-91 North or South

  • Take Exit 29A, Capitol Avenue, proceed through the Pulaski Circle at the end of the long exit road. Take a right on Elm Street and turn left at Trinity Street.
  • Go past the Capitol building and the I-84 entrance ramp, all on your right.
  • Take the first right past the Legislative Office Building, proceed to the back of the garage and take a right to enter the garage using the left hand lane (employees) or the right hand lane (visitors).

Parking

  • Limited public parking is available on the first floor of the parking garage. Exit the first floor of the parking garage and proceed to the west entrance (facing Broad Street) to the Legislative Office Building.
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