[*BCM*] Politics (Jim Leonard)
jim_bcm at xuth.net
Mon Oct 8 10:25:18 EDT 2007
On Sun, Oct 07, 2007 at 10:07:52AM -0400, Tom Revay wrote:
> On Fri, 5 Oct 2007 16:46:35 -0400, Jim Leonard <jim_bcm at xuth.net> wrote:
> > Because it was such a bitch for me to find, I'm posting a url for the
> > full text of the bill (why isn't this listed on massbike's website?):
> > http://www.mass.gov/legis/bills/senate/185/st01/st01414.htm
> It is! It's on the current front page (http://www.massbike.org/ ), at
> the link, "Action Alert: Help Get Bicyclist Safety Bill Out of Committee!".
According to massbike's webserver that page was created 7 minutes and 43
seconds before I hit send on my email (assuming our clocks are relatively
Can http://massbike.org/projects/legislation.htm get updated also? It
still refers to the 2005-2006 legislative session.
> That link goes to http://www.massbike.org/news/action_alert_100507.htm ,
> which contains this message:
> Action Alert: Help Get Bicyclist Safety Bill Out of Committee!
> We need your help to get the Bicyclist Safety Bill out of the Committee
> on Public Safety and Homeland Security. This is essentially the same
> bill that was passed by both houses of the Legislature last December,
> and then vetoed by the outgoing administration, forcing us to start
> over. The bill, Senate 1414, called "An Act Relative to Bicyclist
> Safety", can be viewed here (at
> http://www.mass.gov/legis/bills/senate/185/st01/st01414.htm ).
> The key provisions of the bill are: police training on bicycle law;
> clarification of how to safely pass a bicycle; clarification of how to
> safely make turns in front of bicycles; "dooring" subject to ticket and
> fine; riding two abreast permitted when it does not impede cars from
> passing; improved enforcement of bicycle law for both motorists and
> bicyclists; and additional legal protections for bicyclists who choose
> to ride to the right of other traffic.
> The Public Safety Committee held a hearing on this bill in June, and
> MassBike and others testified in support of it. Now we need the
> Committee to report favorably on the bill, so that it can move to the
> next step in the legislative process. We are still a few steps away from
> getting the bill passed again.
> Here is what we need you to do:
> 1. Email the co-chairs of the Public Safety Committee, Senator James
> Timilty (James.Timilty at state.ma.us) and Representative Michael Costello
> (Rep.MichaelCostello at hou.state.ma.us) to ask that S1414, An Act Relative
> to Bicyclist Safety, be reported favorably.
> 2. Call or email your state representative and your state senator and
> ask each of them to contact the co-chairs of the Public Safety Committee
> to say they want S1414, An Act Relative to Bicyclist Safety, reported
> Your participation counts -- don't assume that everyone else will do it!
> This alert also went out to the MassBike mailing list last week. Please
> take the time to contact your legislators! (If you need to find out who
> they are, you can do that at
> http://www.wheredoivotema.com/bal/myelectioninfo.php ).
> -- Tom Revay
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