What is the bill about?
The US Defenders/C.O.I.R. reports that Congressman James Sensenbrenner (Wisconsin) filed a bill on Tuesday, May 7th to prohibit the federal funding of motorcycle only roadside checkpoints.
The bill, H.R. 1861, has nine original co-sponsors however, we need many more to pass this landmark legislation!
Sensenbrenner had this to say in a 'Dear Colleague letter' that is circulating in the House of Representatives:
'In the 112th Congress, I introduced H.R. 904, a bill to prohibit the Department of Transportation (DOT) from providing funds to state and local authorities for the purpose of creating motorcycle only checkpoints. Section one of the Stop Motorcycle Checkpoint Funding Act contains the same language as H.R. 904. However, this bill also contains language to force the DOT to focus motorcycle safety efforts on crash prevention programs, not national helmet mandates.'
We had a National CTA to support H.R. 904 and are in support of this years bill H.R. 1861.
The bill was officially introduced on May 7th.