September 19, 2010
Ø Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary were present
Ø The Treasurer’s and Secretary’s report was read and accepted.
Ø Approximately 25 People attended.
Ø Current Statistics
ü 103,000 motorcycle endorsements in Maine
ü 49,000 registered motorcycles in Maine
ü Sonny Bridges announced his retirement, after 36 years of being active in the PAC, due to health reasons.
Ø NCOM Trip
ü After all accounting, Eric presented PAC Treasurer with a reimbursement check for $310.22.
Ø PAC Function
ü The PAC started in 1997 to deal with legislation pertaining to motorcycles.
ü We DO NOT ENDORSE CANDIDATES.
ü We work with Department of Transportation (MDOT), Maine Transportation and Safety Coalition (MTSC), Department of Highway Safety and other state agencies on issues concerning motorcycle safety.
ü Rumble Strips: When any new road construction deals with cutting rumble strips, they will be 80’ of strip and 20’ of solid road to allow motorcycles to safely exit highway.
ü If road work will take 5 days or longer, rumble strips will be covered.
ü By the time Public Hearings are held, the outcome of a bill is just about decided. The time to work with legislatures is prior to hearings.
Ø Summer Recap
ü It was a very busy summer and we got a lot done, but due to the noise controversy, projects were put on hold. LD1642 (An Act Relating to Road Noise (for ALL motor Vehicles)) and LD1675 (An Act to Reduce Noise Caused by Motorcycles and Improve Public Health (Inspection Sticker)) was a setback. There were problems with Police roadblocks etc. that the legislature did not intend to happen.
ü Email from State Police did not identify which bill was which and encouraged police to stop motorcycles by reiterating ALL laws that pertain to motorcycles.
ü LD 1675 meeting was held on July 28, 2010 in Augusta. The intent was to demonstrate SAEJ2825 (Measurement of Exhaust Sound Pressure Levels of Stationary On-Highway Motorcycles) and discuss options. Harley-Davidson of Milwaukee brought testing equipment and demonstrated use of meters on several motorcycles. The actual test results were skewed due to ambient noise and surroundings (about 4-6 dba, which is significant) but the idea of the mechanics of how to conduct the test was conveyed. The Hot Rod Association seemed to look favorably on setting a standard.
ü Motorcycles can be tested at a few sites around the state (i.e. Ray Simmons shop).
ü (Several opinions were voiced: Adopting the standard was not appropriate at this time due to funding issues; if the police want a bike to fail the test, it will; Inspection stations may be required to use the test during motorcycle inspection and may be shelved after a time.)
ü After the meeting, test equipment was taken to Blouins Suzuki and their bikes were tested. The test was conducted on the showroom floor, which negated the 8’ clear surroundings requirement, so they were invalid.
ü Presently, other vehicle drivers have the option to have their vehicles tested separately at designated testing stations and bring the results to court, but motorcycles do not.
ü The next meeting is scheduled for September 22, 2010 to discuss the use of EPA standards.
ü State law will not allow a sticker to be placed on the license plate, which was brought up at the hearings. The point was made that if placed on the license plate, when the bike was sold, the plate transfers with the owner and the inspection sticker would also transfer to a different bike.
ü Also requiring proof of inspection prior to registration would require law changes and the legislature did not want to go there.
ü The result of LD1675, which originally was voted 7 to 3 to put a sticker on the front forks, was later revisited and passed to place an inspection sticker on the rear of the motorcycle “…on a mounting place that must be securely fastened to the motorcycle frame or similar integral component of the motorcycle or on a rear fender or similar frame or integral body part of the motorcycle and must be located so that it is completely and clearly visible from the rear of the motorcycle and may not be affixed to the registration plate.”
ü The legislature had no choice but to pass “something” since statistics show, about 40% of motorcycles in the state of Maine are NOT inspected.
ü LD1642 meeting was held on August 5, 2010 in Cumberland. There was a discussion of the bill and effects of the bill. Some homeowner groups said the noticed less noise since the passage of the bill. The decision was made to continue to educate the public on noise for ALL vehicles. No other meetings are scheduled.
ü The point was made that the MMPAC or UBM did NOT “sign off” on any changes in the law.
ü Citizens against Maine's Revised Exhaust Law (CAMREL) was present and said they were at the PAC meeting to obtain information to provide to their membership.
ü Also attending were a representative from the Maine Biker Network and Fire and Iron.
Ø Candidate Survey
ü The Candidate Survey is an extensive process that is sent to all State and Local political candidates. The result of the survey can be found on the MMPAC web site (www.mmpac-usa.org or on the UBM website (www.ubm-usa.org).
Ø Educational Seminars
ü Katie Languet will conduct a series of seminars aimed at Education on laws affecting motorcyclists as well as Motorcycle Safety. This is a coordinated effort between the UBM Safety and Education and the MMPAC. There will be 3 seminars and are open to anyone who has an interest in what is gong on in the motorcycle community. All seminars will be held at 7pm.
ü October 4, 2010, Bentley’s in Arundal.
ü October 11, 2010, City Side Restaurant in North Brewer Shopping Plaza in Brewer.
ü October 21, 2010, VFW in Winslow.
Ø Looking For Upcoming Legislation
ü Go to the Advance Notice of Public Hearings (ANPH) web site at:
ü You can get on their email list by placing your email address in the box below “Join the Maine Senate ANPH Mailing List”. You will receive an email letting you know about what is coming up in the legislature. Many bill of interest will come under the Transportation Committee, but you may be interested in other bills as well.
Ø Arms Length
ü The UBM and MMPAC are 2 separate organizations and it is important to not relate the two organizations to prove the UBM does not control the PAC.
ü Many organizations have lobby groups and they hire lobbyists.
ü Motorcycle Rights Organizations (MRO) are not widely known until something happens that affect them.
Ø Possible Upcoming Legislation
ü Antique motorcycles should be exempt from inspections.
ü Some groups are rumored to want to repeal the noise law.
Ø Broader Base
ü The PAC needs more financial support. We need groups who are willing to help due to interest in motorcycle rights.
ü HOG can not support PAC’s
Ø Board of Directors
ü A proposition was introduced to form a Board of Directors
MMPAC ORGANIZATION CHART
(Board of Directors)
Chair all MMPAC meetings.
Work with Board of Directors to formulate a plan for legislative actions.
Work with Chairman on all matters pertaining to the MMPAC.
Maintain good order and discipline at MMPAC meetings.
Ensure meeting agenda is kept on track.
Maintain accurate records of all funds received and paid out.
Provide an account of MMPAC funds at each monthly meeting.
Create and post a meeting agenda not later than the Friday before a MMPAC meeting
Record MMPAC meeting minutes and distribute to MMPAC members and UBM Board of Directors and County Directors.
Maintain current minutes and written information pertaining to legislation.
ü Since there are 4 members, we would need a tie breaker vote. It was suggested either the Chairman abstain from vote unless it is a tie, then the Chairman would have the tie breaking vote or a fifth member be included called a Facilitator.
ü Responsibilities are not firm; attendees are asked to consider this and suggest changes/additions to the responsibilities.
ü We will vote on this at the next MMPAC meeting.
ü We have never had an election.
ü The PAC is registered with the Maine State Ethics Board (6 people have to be listed as key people).
ü The MMPAC mission statement is located on the MMPAC web site.
ü The meeting was adjourned at 3pm.
ü The next MMPAC meeting will be held at City Side Restaurant and Banquet Hall, 393 North Main Street in Brewer at 1pm on October 17, 2010. Lunch can be purchased during the meeting.