Happy New Year to one and all. Thank God we have put 2020 behind us and we can look forward to a better year ahead. Although it will take some time before we will be able to move beyond the restrictions.
I look forward to being back on the road and visiting everyone in 2021 at the events that will be back later in the year.
Thanks to our Secretary Cam Bigelow who is on top of the agenda for existing and pending Bills.
Cam keeps a close eye on legislation so that nothing is missed. A job well done.
All of the legislation that was pending last year is still pending for this legislative session. It is unknown at this time what will be heard or when.
If you would like to be part of our organization and have a say in your rights and freedoms in Rhode Island just join us. By filling out the application on this sight. Encourage your friends and family to join, without you Rima would not be able to continue the fight for our freedoms. Thank you one and all.
At this time the next Rima meeting will be set for 1/19/2021 @ 7pm. 29 Armento street Johnston RI. Should we have to cancel I will post before the meeting. Everyone stay as safe as possible until we meet again.
Ride Safe- Ride Free
The start of the 2021 session started on 1/05/2021 remotely with new leadership: votes were taken for all leadership positions and were passed. With New Speaker Joe Shekarchi sworn in and a friend of Rima.
All legislation that was pending is still pending. With the State House on a limited agenda the budget will be top priority.
As the State House opens All Bills will be assigned a new legislative number for tracking purposes.
Now that the session has started the Budget will be the top priority on the agenda. Many of the bills that were pending may not come out of committee at first. Some may not come out at all. Should bills that concern us be herd our Secretary Cam Bigelow with his diligence will keep us informed.
The following are some of the issues we are involved in.
A Helmet Bill for everyone to wear a helmet was introduced on 2/27/20. Bill S2700. With no hearing set at this time we can make a difference to the outcome by contacting the Judiciary committee . Without your input at the Statehouse my testimony will be less effective.
Lets work together to keep freedom of choice for helmets instead of having mandatory regulations put upon us.
Rima is working closely with Ridot, CCRI, and Our legislators to introduce a bill for a Tryke license. There is no course available in RI. at this time. We are looking at changing this problem for all who want to or need to ride a 3 wheeled motorcycle. The Bill is in on the Democratic side[BILL H7353].The Bill is in committee with a hearing date of 3/03/20. After testimony in the House and The Senate both were held in committee.
RIMA is also working on the Trade in credit for motorcycles in R.I. At this time there is no credit for a trade in, as far as sales tax is concerned you pay on the sales price.
Bill 7373 was put in for the tax trade in credit but it also included credit for trucks under 8100 lbs. This bill is on the Democratic side and in committee not scheduled for a Hearing yet. A bill will be put in on the Senate side for motorcycles sales tax credit only on bikes not including trucks.
Rima Has a Petition for the Trade in tax on line at our web sight that we urge everyone to sign. The more signatures that we can bring to the Statehouse the better the chances are that we can be successful.
You can only sign once, If you have already signed a paper Petition than do not sign the one on line.
The parking bill for motorcycles at the state house is being looked into, The old bill needed to be reviewed every 5 years and it is up.
Bill H-7212 A bill relating to Motor Vehicle Lighting. This Bill would limit illumination of Car and motorcycle stock headlights to what was stock at the time of manufacture. After Talking to the sponsor we worked out that all stock motorcycle headlights can be updated to the present standards of the day.
During my testimony the updated standard was now part of the change that we agreed to. The bill is now in committee being held for further study. We will keep everyone updated.
The final Bill that was entered is H7758 Lane Splitting for motorcycles.
With the State House concentrating on the Budget there is no interest at this time for any of Bills that are pending. Should there be any changes we will notify everyone with updates as we find out.
Our thanks to former Speaker Nick Mattiello for his support for Rima and our values. New Speaker Joseph Shekarchi has taken over in his place. Last time we met he was very receptive towards Rima and our values and I will meet with him again at a later date.