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Motorcycle Legislative Issues in Maryland for 2012
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Here is what ABATE of Maryland is working for this year.  Remember, without a bikers rights organization looking out for YOU, the government could make it finacially difficult for you to own or ride a motorcycle.

For more details, check out your local chapters website at http://www.midshoreabate.com

Senate Bill 488
Vehicle Laws - Protective Headgear Requirement for Motorcycle Riders - Exception
Synopsis:
Providing that the prohibition against operating or riding on a motorcycle without specified protective headgear does not apply to an individual at least 21 years old who carries at least $10,000 in health insurance coverage for injuries that may be incurred in a motorcycle accident; etc.
http://mlis.state.md.us/2012rs/bills/sb/sb0488f.pdf

Senate Bill 283
Vehicle Laws-Accidents Resulting in Death - Appearance in Court for Traffic Citations
Synopsis:
Requiring a person who receives a traffic citation with a notice to appear in person for a violation that contributed to an accident that resulted in the death of another to comply with the notice to appear in court contained in a writ or trial notice issued by the District Court or a circuit court by appearing in person.
http://mlis.state.md.us/2012rs/bills/sb/sb0283f.pdf

Senate Bill 772
Vehicle Laws - Registration Plates for Motorcycles - Individuals with Disabilities
Synopsis:
Authorizing an individual to possess a specified number of special registration plates for individuals with disabilities for specified motorcycles in addition to the special registration plate and parking placards authorized under provisions of law.
http://mlis.state.md.us/2012rs/bills/sb/sb0772f.pdf

House Bill 825
Vehicle Laws - Registration Plates for Motorcycles - Individuals with Disabilities
Synopsis:
Authorizing an individual to possess a specified number of special registration plates for individuals with disabilities for specified motorcycles in addition to the special registration plate and parking placards authorized under provisions of law.
http://mlis.state.md.us/2012rs/bills/hb/hb0825f.pdf

Our bills on Tire Aging are getting major press from across the country.  AMA and MRF are coming in to testify in favor of this bill.  The Hearing is on February 21st at 1pm in the Economic Matters Committee.  Stay tuned for more info as it becomes available.

Senate Bill 940
Consumer Protection - Tire Age - Required Notice
Synopsis:
Requiring a tire manufacturer or distributor to affix on any tire manufactured for sale in the State a label that displays in a specified manner the month and year in which the tire was manufactured and a specified statement relating to tire age and tire deterioration; requiring a merchant to provide a consumer with a receipt or an invoice stating in a specified manner the month and year in which the tire was manufactured; requiring a merchant to provide a specified written disclosure; etc.
http://mlis.state.md.us/2012rs/bills/sb/sb0940f.pdf

House Bill 729
Consumer Protection - Tire Age - Required Notice
Synopsis:
Requiring a tire manufacturer or distributor to affix on any tire manufactured for sale in the State a label that displays in a specified manner the month and year in which the tire was manufactured and a specified statement relating to tire age and tire deterioration; requiring a merchant to provide a consumer with a receipt or an invoice stating in a specified manner the month and year in which the tire was manufactured; requiring a merchant to provide a specified written disclosure; etc.
http://mlis.state.md.us/2012rs/bills/hb/hb0729f.pdf

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