ABATE of Northern Nevada was invited and attended a presentation held by Cliven Bundy in Elko NV on September 11th. Mr. Bundy is the Nevada rancher who received national attention when he became the victim of misplaced and misapplied power of the federal government. Bundy’s 10-year fight against the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service came to a head in April when armed agents showed up to take his cattle and drive him out of business.
I have always contended there is a common thread that runs through individuals and organizations that confront the loss of freedom. Even though it is important for MROs to stay focused on motorcycle issues, we should show our support to others that are also fighting for their freedoms whether it is ranching, road closers, the second amendment etc. If these folks see that we are passionate to their struggles, I believe they will recognize the common thread between us and may become our allies.
There hasn’t been any action taken yet by the new judge that is reviewing Nevada’s helmet Class Action Lawsuit, the status remains the same. All pleadings have been completed and filed. The case is ready for oral argument and decision by the judge. The judge will set a hearing or issue an order. The judge that originally dismissed the suit is no longer on the case and a new judge is now reviewing it. The committee that filed this Class Action Lawsuit has designed it in a fashion that any group can file a similar lawsuit in their area. The committee is willing to assist anyone who is interested in filing a similar suit. Bolt of Sacramento California issued a similar lawsuit on the 4th of July. The central question in legal terms; is it objectively reasonable for officers to issue helmet tickets when they have no knowledge or training on the actual standard?
I have recently been in discussion with Assemblymen John Ellison about Nevada’s helmet law. Senator Don Gustivson has indicated to John Ellison that he is going to introduce a helmet bill again this legislative session, the bill will be written to allow adults freedom of choice. This will make Nevada’s helmet law similar to the majority of other states.
ABATE of Northern Nevada member Janine Hanson is running for US Congress District 2. Janine has served her entire adult life as a volunteer citizen advocating at the Nevada Legislature. She supports motorcycle rights and understands the issues facing America and Nevada. Janine is unafraid and an outspoken advocate for liberty and the Constitution. www.janinehansen.com
ABATE Website Upgrade: New ABATE member Gary Mack and I are working with Roger Leeper in upgrading our ABATE website.
ABATE/Christmas for Kids: Need to confirm activities planned for this year.
Membership Dues: All Membership Dues will be due on the same date, May 1st every year starting May 1st 2015.
You will receive reminders to pay your dues, after a couple of reminders if your dues are not paid your membership will expire and you will be removed from the ABATE membership list. Non-members will no longer receive ABATE correspondence regarding MRF updates, runs, events, Presidents Message, State or National activates.
Monthly Meetings: 6:00 pm the second Thursday of each month at Ruby Mt. Pizza in Spring Creek next to ACE Hardware. Please try to attend; it’s concerning when only a couple people show up.
John Bland – President, ABATE of Northern NV- MRF State Rep.