Don’t miss the “Spirit of Bikers Radio” this Sunday, April 1st, 8:00-10:00 PM, where Hammerin’ Hank not only shares Bikers Against Discrimination (B.A.D.) news regarding evidence of how some fringe clubs exist by discriminating against the 1%er key-keepers of the American Biker Culture, but also a special interview with Bill Bish of the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM). Discussion will focus on important biker rights news throughout the U.S.and more on Hank’s “Black Sabbath Special” this weekend with Freedom co-host, Curt Byrnes and B.A.D. Reps Mike Willig and Pete Bickovich in Massachusetts! A preview of some of the U.S.news bits are:
* FEDERAL HIGHWAY BILL PROGRESSES *
The U.S. Senate has approved its version of a federal highway appropriations measure (S.1813, “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century” or MAP-21) by a vote of 74-22 on March 14, and the $109 billion highway bill includes motorcycle safety funding for states and would bar federal funds from being used to conduct motorcycle-only checkpoints. The measure now goes to the House of Representatives for further action, where a similar measure is also being considered (H.R. 7, the “American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act of 2012”). Both bills contain motorcycle safety program funding and both would prohibit motorcycle-exclusive roadblocks, and neither version has any anti-motorcycle provisions, but it’s unclear if the House will take up the Senate bill or advance their own legislation.
* MORE STATES MOVE TO BAN MOTORCYCLE-ONLY CHECKPOINTS *
While Congress continues to consider passing a prohibition on motorcycle-only roadside “safety checkpoints” by halting federal funding, several states are moving forward with their own laws to ban the practice. New Hampshire and North Carolina have both passed such legislation, and Virginia has become the latest state to pass a bill to bar law enforcement agencies from setting up safety checks that only stop motorcycles for inspection. Most recently, New Jersey introduced companion bills in the Senate (S-1685) and the Assembly (A-508) to prohibit police from establishing checkpoints limited to certain types of vehicles and would require that all checkpoints include all types of vehicles.
* BIKER ANTI-DISCRIMINATION BILL HEARD IN COLORADO*
Colorado legislation to ban discrimination against people wearing motorcyclist gear failed to pass its first committee hearing, but the bill’s sponsor told the AP that he was glad he proposed the bill because it raised awareness. He said bikers are unfairly judged to be criminals.
*GREEN MTN. SENATORS LEARN GANG DESIGNATION INCLUDES VETS*
Members of the Vietnam Veterans Motorcycle Club may be surprised to find themselves on a list of “security threat groups” recently offered by the Department of Corrections to the Vermont Senate Judiciary Committee in Montpelier, Vermont. According to information offered to the committee, a definition from the Department of Justice says a gang designation is appropriate for a group three or more people with a common identifying sign, symbol or name who, individually or collectively, engage in criminal activity which creates an atmosphere of fear and intimidation.
For more information, go to www.FreeOnePercenter.com which shows bikers how to contact their U.S. Senators in support of the bill and also the letter B.A.D. wrote to our NYS U.S. Senators!
The link to Sundays “Spirit of Bikers” Radio is: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/vopfreedomradio/2012/04/02/spirit-of-bikers…