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A Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactments

ABATE of South Carolina, Inc. is the motorcyclists' rights organization of South Carolina. Our members brought freedom of choice to South Carolina bikers in June of 1980; ABATE amended South Carolina's mandatory motorcycle helmet law to allow adult freedom of choice. ABATE stands for A Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactments. Our philosophy is to defend liberty; while we do not oppose safety devices we oppose laws that mandate the usage of devices.

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H.3231 passes! from Dennis Welborn PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Fred   
Thursday, 20 March 2014 10:43
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At 11:37 H3231 with the senate amendment passed the house 106 to 0. It is finally a done deal.

Thanks to everyone who helped get this bill passed it is long overduel

Dennis

 
Limited Edition H3231 products PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fred   
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 19:29
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H.3231 Long Sleeve Shirts

I just made a quick run of some long sleeve shirts and due to the short quantity I will have to take them on a first come first serve basis. Due to the setup fee and screen costs we will not be producing anymore.

 

So just let me know and the quantity and prices are below:

 

One girls medium $10

Two L long sleeve with ABATE on sleeves $20

Three XL long sleeve with ABATE on sleeves $20

Two XXL long sleeve with ABATE on sleeves $25

Four towels $5

 

Ride free I do, Ralph Bell ABATE State Coordinator 

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Federal Bill of Interest to Motorcyclists PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gary Kiser   
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 13:17
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The Motorcycle Riders Foundation reports that the United States House of Representatives has passed a bill that would end a federal subsidy for biofuel blender pumps in rural areas. The measure passed by a vote of 251-166.  The Senate is expected to vote on the matter next week and there is little that those in support of the subsidies can do to reinstate the money. President Obama is expected to sign the legislation into law.

Putting an end to these subsidies will likely result in less biofuel blender pumps in the market place and therefore less E-15 fuel.  As most of you know, E-15 is gasoline that is blended with 15% ethanol.  Obviously that is a 50% increase in ethanol over the standard E-10 that most of us are used to seeing and using.  There are questions regarding how E-15 will affect engines, especially smaller ones.  The Motorcycle Industry Counsel claims that E-15 could affect engine durability and deterioration.  Further, if your motorcycle is damaged by E-15, you have no legal recourse.   Passage of this bill should be welcome news to all motorcycle riders.
 

Matt Danielson
McGrath & Danielson
Tom McGrath's Motorcycle Law Group
1-800-321-8968
Motorcyclelawgroup.com

 
Equal Access Bill Advancing Through Senate with Unanimous Support - by Matt Danielson PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fred   
Monday, 17 March 2014 09:35
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~ March 13, 2014 ~

The Motorcycle Equal Access Bill passed its second reading in the South Carolina Senate by a unanimous vote.  After the third reading, which is usually a formality, the bill will go to the Governor’s desk to be signed into law. The bill amends the Code of South Carolina to prohibit the Department of Transportation from discriminating against motorcycles, motorcycle operators, or motorcycle passengers.  One way it does this is by prohibiting motorcycles from being denied access to highways, bridges or transportation facilities that are maintained or have been constructed with public funds.  Under this bill, cities, counties and towns will have to make reasonable accommodations for motorcycle parking in lots and garages that were built or are maintained in whole or in part with public funds.  It is fundamentally unfair to deny motorcyclists access to public facilities which are maintained or were constructed with their tax dollars.

 

Matt Danielson
McGrath & Danielson
Tom McGrath's Motorcycle Law Group
1-800-321-8968
Motorcyclelawgroup.com
 

 
Motorcycle Checkpoint Bill Introduced in U.S. Senate - by Matt Danielson PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Fred   
Friday, 07 March 2014 17:45
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The United States Senate is the latest venue in the battle to end the unfair practice of federally funded motorcycle-only roadside checkpoints.  Motorcycle-only CheckpointsThe Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) has reported that Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) has introduced legislation which would prohibit the federal government from funding mandatory motorcycle-only roadside checkpoints. Joining her as the lead republican on the bill is Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI).  Also joining as original co-sponsors are Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH).

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Equal Access Bill H.3231 Advances Unanimously - by Matt Danielson PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fred   
Friday, 07 March 2014 14:07
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Members of ABATE of South Carolina continue to work hard to make H3231 the law of the land in the Palmetto State.  The bill amends the Code of South Carolina to prohibit the Department of Transportation from discriminating against motorcycles, motorcycle operators, or motorcycle passengers.  One way it does this is by prohibiting motorcycles from being denied access to highways, bridges or transportation facilities that are maintained or have been constructed with public funds.  Under this bill, cities, counties and towns will have to make reasonable accommodations for motorcycle parking in lots and garages that were built or are maintained in whole or in part with public funds.  It is fundamentally unfair to deny motorcyclists access to public facilities which are maintained or were constructed with their tax dollars.

 

The bill, which was presented by Senator Grooms, was heard in the Senate Transportation Committee which he chairs.  It unanimously received a favorable report.  The bill now goes to the full Senate. 

 

If you would like to voice your support for this bill to the members of the Senate, you may email them at the following link: 

 

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/email.php?chamber=S

 

If you do email your support for this bill, please make sure to send an email to Senator Grooms thanking him for his efforts to pass this bill of importance to South Carolina motorcyclists. 

 

 

Matt Danielson
McGrath & Danielson
Tom McGrath's Motorcycle Law Group
1-800-321-8968
Motorcyclelawgroup.com

 
H.3231 Full Committee Hearing, Wed. Mar 5th 11 a.m. Room 209 Gressette Bldg PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fred   
Monday, 03 March 2014 16:08
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Please see the attached notice and hope to see you there if you can make it. If any of these Senators are in your district please feel free to contact them and let them know we need their support. You can click on their name on the attached notice and it will take you to their contact page.

If you have any questions you can Dennis at (803) 438-8764.

 

H.3231 Full Committee Hearing, Wed. Mar 5th 11 a.m. Room 209 Gressette Bldg

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Motorcycle Equal Access Bill H.3231 Passes the House - by Matt Danielson PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Fred   
Friday, 21 February 2014 15:58
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H3231 passed the South Carolina House of Representatives today due to the hard work of ABATE of South Carolina as well as every motorcyclist who took the time to contact their legislators to voice their support for this important bill.  

 The bill amends the Code of South Carolina to prohibit the Department of Transportation from discriminating against motorcycles, motorcycle operators, or motorcycle passengers.  One way it does this is by prohibiting motorcycles from being denied access to highways, bridges or transportation facilities that are maintained or have been constructed with public funds.  Under this bill, cities, counties and towns will have to make reasonable accommodations for motorcycle parking in lots and garages that were built or are maintained in whole or in part with public funds. 
 
The bill now heads to the Senate.  You can read the full bill below:
 
"Section 57-1-90.    (A)    In formulating transportation policy, promulgating regulations, allocating funds, and planning, designing, constructing, equipping, operating and maintaining transportation facilities, no action of the South Carolina Transportation Commission, or the South Carolina Department of Transportation shall have the effect of discriminating against motorcycles, motorcycle operators, or motorcycle passengers. No regulation or action of the commission, or department shall have the effect of enacting a prohibition or imposing a requirement that applies only to motorcycles or motorcyclists, and the principal purpose of which is to restrict or inhibit access or motorcycles and motorcyclists to any highway, bridge, tunnel, or other transportation facility.
 
(B)    The allocation of parking space square footage specifically in transportation facilities, and other projects undertaken or operated by a political subdivision of this State where state or local source funds have been used in whole or in part to plan, design, construct, equip, operate, or maintain the facility must make reasonable accommodations for motorcycle parking. In carrying forward this requirement, among other options, the facility at its discretion may comply by sectioning portions of the area where the size configuration of the space does not meet code requirements for full-size vehicles."
 
SECTION    2.    This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
 

Matt Danielson
McGrath & Danielson
Tom McGrath's Motorcycle Law Group
1-800-321-8968
Motorcyclelawgroup.com

 
New Liberty Riders Chapter of ABATE, Elgin, in the Midlands PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fred   
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 19:10
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Please welcome a new ABATE chapter - Liberty Riders in Elgin, located in the Midlands.

Dennis Welborn is the contact as they get going. More info is on our Chapters and Meetings page.

 
A reminder - protect yourself on the road PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fred   
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 09:02
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This short video shows a simple change to your insurance, that could make a huge difference if you're hit. We've shown it before, but it bears repeating. I've increased my coverage as a result of watching this, and you should too! Don't wait, do it today.


~ Fred


 
H.3231 to be heard in the full House on Tuesday PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fred   
Sunday, 02 February 2014 18:49
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H3231 the access bill will be heard by he full house at noon on Tuesday 4 Feb. We are meeting  at 11AM at "Tin Roof", directly behind the IHOP on Assembly.  Tin Roof is actually on Senate St, but it is next door to IHOP. They have a fenced parking lot and we have permission to leave our vehicles there while we are in the statehouse. Help us fill the gallery if you can.

As usual, I would ask that you don't drink before we visit the statehouse. Afterward is a different story indeed.

Dennis

 
Bill H.3231 (Equal Access) passes the full committee in the house! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fred   
Friday, 31 January 2014 09:38
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F.A.Q. #1 video and PDF PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 25 January 2014 19:41
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Just finished this latest video. For many of my friends that wonder what ABATE is this covers the many misconceptions. For those who already know about ABATE please send it to others who may not.


--- Ralph


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Motorcycle helmet bill filed by Charleston, Georgetown state representatives - The Post and Courier PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 23 January 2014 11:35
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They're so "concerned" about us, they want to regulate if we wear a hat...

COLUMBIA - An increase in motorcycle-related fatalities has driven three state representatives to file a bill that would require all riders wear helmets.

House Bill 4500 was filed Wednesday by Reps. Wendell Gilliard, Carl Anderson, and J. Seth Whipper, D-North Charleston. Gilliard and Anderson said it's time Palmetto State residents consider such a measure because state roads are getting crowded...

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H3231 Call to Action Update on Time PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fred   
Sunday, 19 January 2014 09:20
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We were originally told that the committee hearing for  H3231 (Equal Access Bill) would be at 3 PM on Tuesday 21 January. We now have a copy of the official agenda for the committee, and it says 3 PM,  OR 1.5 hours after the House adjourns. That means the hearing could be later, or EARLIER than 3 PM. Based on that information, several of us have decided to meet for lunch at the IHOP on Assembly at noon,  and track the proceedings in the house on line. If you would like to meet us there, please feel free to do so.  I am sure that some have already planned their day around meeting at Strom's statue between 2:15 and 2:30.  Regardless of the meeting status, I will meet you there at that time.

We will also deliver copies of the ABATESC news letter to the house, and senate offices while we are waiting. We need help with that.

See you Tuesday.

Thanks

Dennis

 
Helmet Law Introduced PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Fred   
Friday, 17 January 2014 11:04
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On 15 January 2014, an all rider helmet law was introduced in the South Carolina statehouse! H4500 was introduced by Representatives Carl Anderson, Dist. 103 (Georgetown, Horry, and Williamsburg counties, Wendell Gilliard Dist 111, Charleston, and Seth Whipper Dist.113, Charleston, and Dorchester counties. The bill has been assigned to the House Committee on Education and Public Works. None of the primary sponsors are members of that committee.

Because of the deadline to get the newsletter published this information will be a couple of weeks old when you see it. There will be more to follow on this, I am sure. If possible, we will keep you up to date on the website. Chapter, and area coordinators whose email addresses I have will be updated as soon as I have more to put out.

I urge you to contact your member of the South Carolina House of Representatives and POLITELY let him or her know your feelings on this bill.

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess120_2013-2014/bills/4500.htm

Dennis

 
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