Current CMRA Legislative Efforts

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 bill:

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.

A Public Hearing is scheduled for Monday, 02/25/19 at the Legislative Office Building located at 300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford (See directions near the bottom of this page). It is VERY IMPORTANT that we have as many people at this hearing as possible. Because of limited parking, try to car-pool and plan on getting there before about 8:00 am if you want to find space in the parking garage. Hearing will start at 10:30 am, and will be held in room 1E. Sign up starts at 7:30 am, and will be held in Transportation Committee room (2B). Be sure to sign in as a speaker - even if you don't plan to speak - in the past we have sometimes been able to transfer your allotted time to our main speakers, so this is important.

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. It also puts Connecticut in conformity with most states that permit adult riders to choose when and where to wear a helmet. We feel that testifying in favor of this would bring positive recognition to the CMRA by our new legislators, reinforce our consistently stated principle that adults have rights that minors do not possess, and at the same time help us to avoid losing our rights under a full helmet bill for all riders.

A Public Hearing on this bill is also scheduled for Monday, 02/25/19 at the Legislative Office Building located at 300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford (See directions near the bottom of this page). The agenda shows this being discussed prior to the bill mentioned above. It is VERY IMPORTANT that we have as many people at this hearing as possible. Because of limited parking, try to car-pool and plan on getting there before about 8:00 am if you want to find space in the parking garage. Hearing will start at 10:30 am, and will be held in room 1E. Sign up starts at 7:30 am, and will be held in Transportation Committee room (2B). Be sure to sign in as a speaker - even if you don't plan to speak - in the past we have sometimes been able to transfer your allotted time to our main speakers, so this is important.

 

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. 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.

 

Email addresses for all Senators can be found here, and email addresses for all Representatives can be found here.

The telephone number for the Transportation Committee is (860)240-0590.

 


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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