We at RIMA would like to thank everyone that helped make the Marines Toys For Tots and Bike Blessing a huge success. From the Coalition of Clubs in Rhode Island to the members of Rima that all do so much for these great causes.
As we move into the winter this year we all hope that everyone will stay as safe as possible. With the restrictions still in place events that may still be going on should be verified with the host before going.
All of the legislation that was pending this year is still pending. After speaking to some of our friends at the Statehouse it is expected that the next session will start by 1/01/2021. With the loss of Speaker Mattiello Rep Joseph Shekarchi will take his place as the new speaker of the House. Things change but when I last met Rep Shekarchi he was receptive towards Rima's values.
As far as the legislative agenda is concerned the Budget is the top priority at the Statehouse. All of the Legislation that Rima testified on and was concerned with is on hold.
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.
Any legislation that should come up that needs our attention we will keep everyone informed and ask for your help as needed.
With Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner we hope that everyone will have a great Holiday season.
We at Rima look forward to being with everyone next year, hopefully more back to normal.
We ask that everyone stay as safe as possible and our prayers will be with you all until we meet again.
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.
Novembers meeting will be on 11/17/2020 at Us Vets MC clubhouse 29 Armento street Johnston R.I. 7pm. The meeting has been cancelled at this time. I will look into Decembers meeting at a later date.
Ride Safe- Ride Free
Now that the election is over with changes at the White House and the Statehouse the next session will start in January 2021.
All legislation that was pending is still pending. With the State House on a limited agenda the budget will be top priority.
Cam Bigelow Our Secretary is keeping up with day to day updates. When the State House opens again Committee hearings will look at pending Bills, At this time there is no date for hearing bills
When the session starts again 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. There is no hearing date set.
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 will take 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.