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President's Message:

Now that we are on the verge of opening back up in our state everything will be much different from what we were used too. From working to just going to the store, safety will be a primary objective.
With the decrease in traffic riding at this time is a pleasure compared with the normal traffic pattern we all deal with. As the traffic increases riding safe will be a primary concern for all.
With a busy session there is a lot for Rima to follow and stay up with for our freedoms to continue in Rhode Island.
With a special Thanks to our secretary Cam Bigelow,for his daily research of the legislative websights. Without his commitment for our cause we would not be as informed as we are.
Cams latest followup is that all sessions at the State House have been cancelled for now. Any Bills that were pending are still pending. When session begins again all testimony that will be given on Bills will be by email. Which will be read into the record when the Bill is heard in committee.
We at RIMA will testify at that time.
We still have a HELMET bill pending so a call or email to your Representative or Senator at this time will help us to keep our freedom of choice.The primary objective when session starts up again will be the budget at first.
Events that have been scheduled have been cancelled or put on hold for another day.When in doubt about an event contact the sponsor of the event for updates. Feel Free to contact me with any concerns that you may have in regards to Rima.
Our next meeting for May will not be held with the restrictions that are still in place. However when we are able to have our next meeting we will keep everyone informed.The meeting will still be held at Silvio's Restaurant 133 Greenville ave. Johnston R.I.
A special thanks for our First Responders who give so much and ask so little to keep us safe.Keep them and everyone in our prayers for a better future for all.

Ride Safe- Ride Free
Paul Bond

Legislative Message:

All legislation that was pending is still pending. With the State House closed and no bills being heard at this time.
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, and Testimony will be heard by e mail and read into the minutes and considered. Rima will send our testimony on all Bills that concern us.
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 ASAP. 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 shortly 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 at this time.
With the help of ALL RIDERS in RI. contacting there legislators letting them know that these issues are important to you we can be successful.If you care about your rights RIMA member or not call or email your reps. and make a difference.Ask them what there stance is on each of these Bills.

Paul Bond

Membership Message:


Did you know you get a variety of Benefits just by being a RIMA Member?

RIMA Member Benefits:

* Member-to-Member Discount Program: Get discounts at Member Businesses
* Free Postings on the RIMA Online Member Classifieds
* Complimentary AIL Death and Dismemberment Insurance: Pays $4,000 for accidental death and up to $2,000 for accidental dismemberment
* Get RIMA E-Mail News and Action Alerts: Stay up to date on motorcycle news including legislation, safety, and education.
* Access to the RIMA Event Calendar: Post your charitable event for free on the RIMA website or in the bi-monthly newsletter. Also, don't miss out on big events! The RIMA bi-monthly newsletter events calendar has exclusive listings.
*** Your Annual Membership Dues Provide Funding that Keeps RIMA Running and Supports our Dedicated Lobbyists that Fight for Your Rights and Freedom in the RI State House.

To get full details on these benefits, just log into your account and read all the info on the Members Page,

Thanks for Your Support
Bob Camara Sr
Membership Director and Vice President


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