2010 LB200 Debate Notes

2/16/2010

I have gotten several calls and emails about how the official vote went for cloture below are the results… (thanks scott for getting them to me)

 The 27-20 vote to end debate on LB200 fell six votes short of the required 33. Failure of the cloture motion, in effect, kills the bill:

For (27): Ashford, Carlson, Christensen, Coash, Fischer, Flood, Fulton, Giese, Hadley, Hansen, Heidemann, Janssen, Karpisek, Krist, Langemeier, Lautenbaugh, Louden, McCoy, Mello, Nelson, Pirsch, Price, Rogert, Schilz, Stuthman, Sullivan, White.

 Against (20): Adams, Avery, Campbell, Cook, Cornett, Council, Dierks, Dubas, Gay, Gloor, Haar, Harms, Howard, Lathrop, McGill, Nordquist, Panokin, Utter, Wallman, Wightman.

 Present and not voting (1): Conrad.

Excused (1): Pahls.

 I would ask that any and all ABATE supporters let Senator Janssen know how much we appreciate his efforts to get this bill moved forward.  Do not forget our other very vocal supporters as I have described their contributions on previous days, they all deserve your thanks. I would also suggest that we seriously take a look at all the senators that voted against the cloture vote. These Senators knew what they were doing and were able to kill the bill; circumventing the Democratic process … A minority of Senators were able to kill a bill with a technicality!  I would have to pose to you; Do you really want these Senators to represent you?   Do you really feel that the Senators not in your district who voted against this bill (a minority) , who are supposed to be representing you, have the right to kill a bill any bill that a Majority of Senators are ready to move to the next step? I have heard some excuses, rumors really of why some senators did not vote in favor of cloture.  I would have to question any of these due to the fact that any concerns about the bill could have been addressed in Select file.  We had one more round to go before it left the legislative floor … The Cloture Vote was a vote to kill this bill and do an end around against allowing the bill to be heard at all … nothing more nothing less.

 I urge all ABATE Members and Supporters to become actively involved in the campaigns now under way to remove from office those Senators in opposition to helmet repeal. If you have information for Me, Scott or Bob that is new and needs to appear on the website let us know and we will get it there. As I look I see a lot of senators running un opposed … I sincerely hope this is not the case considering a large group of these senators are also those who voted against cloture.  I hope to be able to update you more on each senator and who he she opposes in the very near future.

 Do not give up the fight … we have only lost one round and if this defeat by a few senators in a technicality is not enough to move you to action in the upcoming elections .. I really don’t know what to say, except we will never win. I and my staff will be actively campaigning at the upcoming Lincoln Bike show next week.  I would support any and all of you to do the same.  We will be running a survey of riders / non riders in the state and we will be talking to everyone who will listen and explaining what has happened in the last weeks.

 Thank you all for your support and listening, coming to the website … and the tons of emails I have received in support of ABATE of NE!

WE HAVE NOT GIVEN UP … PLEASE DON’T GIVE UP ON US!

 Todd C. Miller

State Coordinator, ABATE of NE Inc.

ABATE of Nebraska

402.440.8756

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I have sat here trying to figure out how to explain to all of you what has happened and I am at a loss. The long and short of it is this …

 Lb200 was looking good … the opposition knew it and the debates were getting a bit ugly. Lathrop vowed to do anything in his power to filibuster the bill and let it perish. Senator Janssen took his best shot at stopping that with the hopes that Senators on both sides were tired of the debate and would allow it to go to a vote … Janssen to allow that to happen called for Cloture … what this means is it ceases debate on the bill and allows for an up down vote but it requires 33 votes in order for the vote.  A roll call vote was taken and the vote was 27 yes and 20 no … with one senator not voting.

 What in essence happened is a Minority of senators were able to kill a bill that a majority of senators were willing to pass. It is hard for even me to fathom but that is what has happened. Our bill never even got a chance to be voted upon.

 I will get the actual numbers to you as soon as I can …

 For now I ask you to consider this … what we need now is Primary elections are coming, many of our staunch opponents are up for re election. And we need to be campaigning to get them out of office!  We need to mobilize now to go into the next year with 33 senators who are in favor of helmet repeal … that is the only sure way we will pass this legislation.  Scott has information up on the web already for you to see … Check to see if your senators are up there (even numbers are up this year)  get out spread the word … if your senator is against us … find out whom is running against them and see where they stand …

 For now, keep the shiny side up

rogue

 Todd C. Miller

State Coordinator, ABATE of NE Inc.

ABATE of Nebraska

402.440.8756

 


 2/10/2010 update!

Thank you … those of you who showed up today at the capital!   The show of support was greatly appreciated as we continue debate on the bill. 

 We need you again tomorrow if possible … as many as we can get!

 Debate started today with sort of a cleaning house of the old amendments. Janssen took the floor to remove AM 1720 and replace it with AM 1796 to clarify the confusion on insurance … what they found out after canvassing insurance companies during this time since last Wednesday was that the minimum amount of coverage provided by employers etc was 1 million dollars … therefore it was agreed that anyone who currently had medical coverage were in compliance with the minimum 1 million major medical coverage that the amendment was asking for.  To that end the breakdown of am 1796 is this

 It requires eye protection for all riders … no change to law there.   The amendment would require all persons under the age of 21 to wear a helmet, again no change.  What it does do is gives the rider over the age of 21 years the right to make the choice to ride a motorcycle without a helmet under 1 condition 

  1. that person would be required to have major medical coverage of 1 million dollars (which at this time any one with a major medical card would fall into that category) for example if you have medical coverage through your work or purchase it currently you meet the requirements you would just need to carry that card you show the doctor with you while riding without a helmet.

 The amendment currently includes the sunset clause for us to prove ourselves over the next 5 years. It also would make riding without a helmet a secondary offense. In effect you could not be pulled over unless another infraction was committed.

 What this amendment to the bill does not do … it does not require anyone to carry insurance … those riders who choose to wear a helmet will not be required to have an insurance card on their person.

 Ok so that is AM 1796 in a nutshell, the only official amendment from Janssen to the bill … as introduced this morning.

 Well of course good senator Lathrop had to rise in opposition to the bill and the amendment.  He said that mandating eyewear was the same as helmets and how could we make a distinction between the two mandates. He mentioned the hypocrisy of that. He went on to say most riders who have accidents and end up in long term care have no insurance … of course he had no data to back that statement but I digress …

 Senator Gaye rose to oppose next saying how making it a secondary offense would be unenforceable and those under 21 would be riding and police would not be able to enforce … he also stated the insurance part was vague … vague? Senator …. It seems pretty straight forward to us,  you get medical coverage and are over 21 you can have the right to choose to wear a helmet.

 Senator Carlson took the floor and said he had in the past wanted to support with the insurance clause, in effect stating that if it would not be a burden to him or those who did not ride for us to ride without a helmet he would support.  He stated that since the insurance wasn’t motorcycle specific that he was unsure that the pool of insurance risk was not directly on bikers themselves, basically stating that his insurance rates might rise as a consequence.

 Senator Janssen took the floor to address some of the issues stating that if Senator Lathrop thought eyewear was a mandate and ambiguous he would support his bid to remove the eyewear mandate … I don’t think Senator Lathrop thought it was funny.  Janssen did get a chance to point out the actual hypocrisy of the moment and proceedings. He stated from the records that Senator Avery, in staunch opposition to the bill and helmet repeal was also the senator who when the bill came forth about ATV’s in smaller communities to require helmets for use … he was in opposition? So the same senator who is against helmet repeal … helped to repeal helmet use for ATV’s … hmmm.  Another issue that was addressed is that the Military requires helmets for active duty personnel on and off base … being ex military himself he posed the question to the body … if anyone would really want to live by military rules and regulations, if that should be the standard we go by for our personal lives … that it was an entirely separate issue …

 Senator Lautenbaugh took the floor next to explain he could accept the eyewear mandate due to the affect it could have on others on the road his example being some foreign object flying up and hitting the rider in the eye could cause loss of control to the point of running into other traffic and that the helmet was a separate issue not in any way affecting others on the road.  He went on the again explain the “pool” of riders that the amount of risk involved to the public was such a small fraction and that just because we (government) provide insurance does not give us the right to regulate freedoms and that “ this is one freedom we can give back to the people “ … Thank you Senator …

 Well our good Senator Lathrop felt it was time to throw out another Amendment to the bill .. his amendment proposal is to strike the secondary offense clause and thereby make riding without a helmet, without medical insurance and not over 21, a primary offense. He feels the current bill as proposed and amended would be too vague and wanted police to have the right to pull a non helmeted rider over for any reason. 

 Senator Campbell took the floor in opposition to lb200 and went on to say it wasn’t about the insurance … hmm.  She went on to quote statistics that we know are skewed … she stated that in 2008 19 died from motorcycle accidents and in the years before helmet repeal the numbers where higher, that on the average there were 13 more deaths each year … we know those are skewed and don’t take into account the drop in registered motorcyclists … we know that the percentages have been relatively constant.

 Senator Glore took the floor in opposition to lb 200 but stated how important eyewear was and tried to relate the risks of rocks to the head causing the same issues as a rock in the eye? … he went on to say that “some of us would be hard headed enough not to wear one”  …

 Senator Dierks stood up to oppose saying that personal freedoms equal to air around the face did not compare to the personal responsibility we share to others … his argument seemed to be grasping at straws … a delay maybe?

 Finally Senator Christensen was able to take the floor for the bill and he had some interesting facts … he stated that last year some 207 deaths occurred from falls around the home …. If motorcycling had 20 deaths and we (as a governing body) are worried about those motorcyclists risky behavior what are we going to do about falls at home?  He went on to say it is impossible to protect us (the citizens of Nebraska) from themselves. He had the national statistics of deaths from motorcycle accidents and said 59% of those deaths were wearing a helmet … so of all states some with helmet laws and 30 states without … out of all of them 59% of all deaths were wearing a helmet … what good is that?  He said yes deaths dropped in Nebraska after the helmet law went into effect but that statistics don’t tell the whole story (sound familiar?) He said that the amount of registered motorcyclists also dropped   … He then posed the question “where do we stop”  if 207 deaths from falls and only 19 from motorcycles … where does government stop stepping in to protect citizens. “We can’t protect everyone from everything”. 

 Senator Whiteman went to the floor in support of the amendment to make riding without a helmet a primary offense.  He asked the question to Janssen again what percent of riders would support helmet repeal?  Janssen responded that there is no good science out there … if we (ABATE) were to take a poll it would be much different than that of MADD and he would be interested to hear who MADD polled and how they posed the question … suffice it to say Whiteman does not want to repeal the helmet law.

 Senator Avery again took the floor and asked Janssen a question … if the insurance for choosing not to wear a helmet was a secondary offense … and Janssen responded that it was and no different than it was for motorists and insurance that they carry … He went on to bring up out of state riders and how they would be wards of the state … I know it’s a delay tactic and a stall but … He did pose one other question to Senator Janssen that being the sunset clause … “if wearing a helmet is such a burden to riders why terminate the law in 5 yrs?”  Janssen began to respond saying he was conceding to allow this amendment. That he felt ABATE would mobilize its safety campaigns and prove that our freedoms are important and that we would not prove to be a burden on the general public. I am certain he had more to say as Senator Avery abruptly cut him off at that point stating that Janssen was eating up his time on the floor with his response. … LOL I really don’t think Avery likes hearing about us anymore. Good or bad we have made an impression. And Thank you senator Janssen!

 Well of course we had to hear from Senator Hadley who is in support of making it a primary offense for not wearing a helmet … and cautioned the body about becoming like NH … “live free or die” saying how much they had given up in highway funds for not having a seatbelt law … absolutely no idea what the relevance of that was to the debate but he got his say and burned his time.

 Senator Langemeier took the floor to pose a couple of questions to Janssen again clarifying the fact that rider and passenger would fall into these rules over 21 and have insurance card in order to choose to ride without a helmet and that the card itself without any further notation was enough proof due to the fact that all meet the minimum requirement of 1 million in coverage already.

 At this point it Senator Janssen was able to take the floor again and stated categorically he was not in support of any amendment that did not seek him out during this bracketed time that included am 1832 to make riding without a helmet a primary rather than a secondary offense … and restated the irony of Avery and his support of non helmeted ATV riders. He also stated that the 21 and over was not due to any difference in a rider other than a level of experience that an adult had over someone below the age of 21.  He reinforced his position that we as riders are the ones on the defensive when we ride and who are we protecting …

 I have to thank Senator Fulton for his taking the floor.  He stood saying he has been opposed to the bill over the years that it has been brought to the floor but he was keeping an open mind to the issues.  He did say ABATE and others have come to him and approached the legislative process in the correct manner, that essentially we as citizens see something we wish our representatives to take a look at … and he is … He told of a “teaching moment” for him and his kids when at a parade he was asked about the Patriot Guard Riders and who they are and what they do … He felt the way we have approached him on this issue for him was also a teaching moment and we have followed the process correctly.   Good job out there ….  He stated if we can find a way to respect freedom without being a public burden he will be open to listen. He stated the problem would be if the decision of one would affect others … Senator Fulton did say he has listened to the debate intently and the amendment does mitigate some of the issue and it looks good …

 Senator Lautenbaugh got a chance to speak again saying we are not really changing the minds of those senators … some are opposed some are for … that he didn’t trust the statistics as presented (as we know they can be skewed to whomever) He did make a fine point however I must mention … he said they are asking the us to justify why we should have these freedoms through insurance, age requirements etc. … he said that is wrong … he said they (as government) should be justifying why they are taking away our freedoms. He stated if we don’t give back this freedom ( to choose to ride without a helmet ) what freedoms should we trample on next?  Thank you senator a fine point indeed!

 Glore went on and stated that his constituents want him to control the cost of government and that this would be against their wishes … that the insurance will be eaten up very quickly … etc

 My opinion … yes it is the same issues over and over … I would not keep going over it if I didn’t think it was important to you across the state to know who is saying what on the floor … maybe it will motivate you come election time.

 Senator Lathrop, well he took the floor and said there is little to resolve the issue he will filibuster the bill he took a verbal jab at Janssen and stated he didn’t feel he had to follow any code of conduct in essence to let Senator Janssen know about his amendment … He said and I quote “ I will push till the bill is exhausted and it perishes!”   He said us as bikers never expect it to happen to us meaning we don’t expect to be the one in the accident and he is defending the mothers and family of us …. That we don’t care about the people who might be injured …

 I personally was really offended that Senator Lathrop implied he cared about all of you more than I do … that I by trying to pass this bill was not giving a darn (more expletive if I could) about those brothers and sisters whom I’ve already lost wearing helmets.  The audacity of the man really blew me away.

 Senator Lautenbaugh at this time proposed an amendment to the bill … with Senator Janssen’s blessing to Bracket the bill … he did this with the express intention of finding out where the votes stand on the floor … they want to know where the senators stand he is encouraging everyone who is for the bill to vote down his amendment 1796 … it appears to me it will be voted down … and that is good.

 Senator Janssen went on to reiterate how he was in support of Lautenbaugh throwing it out there to get a feel for how the senators were going to vote if they vote this out then we are on track to continue … if not the bill effectively dies …

 We ended the session with Avery, Gay and Harr having the final words … some talk was brought up about mapquesting out of staters … saying that mapquest would never route them through Nebraska and that the economic impact because of repeal would be negligible … I wonder how many of you out of state folk would ever use MapQuest to ride and use the function of fastest route? … LOL I personally prefer a nice highway and there are many through the state … but there again … a non rider assuming that is what we do,  ride the interstate everywhere.

 So to summarize … Lb 200 is still strong heard a lot of rhetoric today again about the bill not really about the amendments. We are still behind Janssen completely his new amendment to the bill am 1796 does nothing to riders that choose to wear a helmet.  The bill and amendment merely allow for those over the age of 21 and whom carry a medical insurance card to ride in the state of Nebraska without a helmet … it also makes riding without a helmet a secondary offense…. There have been amendments thrown on the floor but Janssen or ABATE is not in favor of any of them … including bracketing the bill … this was done only to see where the vote is now … to feel out the senators. It is a strategic move … in the chess game …

 What can you do? I need a huge show of support for the bill tomorrow … if I could I would fill the entire balcony with bikers … if you ever wandered what you can do for ABATE and help to repeal the helmet law … take 2hrs out of your day tomorrow and come to the capital … if nothing else take an early lunch come in at 11 … I guarantee it will be enlightening if you have never been there before … to listen to the opposition.  I have tried to paraphrase the events but I would welcome others in the balcony with me to groan when Avery gets up to say the same thing again … when Lathrop gets frustrated and spouts how he will filibuster the bill …. Etc … WE NEED YOU! 

 

Todd C. Miller

State Coordinator, ABATE of NE Inc.

ABATE of Nebraska

402.440.8756

email - StateCoor@abateofne.com


2/09/2010 update!  LB200 PRIORITIZED!!!

Ok for those of you actively watching our bill, good news!  As of today Senator Janssen has officially prioritized lb200 and it is back on the Agenda for tomorrow 2/10/10!!   

 I will be at the capital tomorrow but here is where things are unfolding.  The bill is on the Agenda for 10, first thing in the am, this is only a 2 hr session and they will have to complete the red tape to remove the old amendment and begin anew on what the senators have agreed to … at this time I have no specifics as the amendment has not yet been written but it sounds promising … I will say this there is no guarantee that all of that will be done before the 2 hr timeframe has expired for the day … and it may carry over to Thursday.  However one way or the other it will not carry past Thursday! They are reaching their debate time limit by then and will be called to a vote …

 So … what we need now is a nice show of support in the balcony again … lets not let them forget who we are!  I will be there tomorrow and I would encourage those of you who can to come as well … it is our guess there is about a 20% chance that it could be voted on late,  if not … it will be for sure Thursday!

 I will keep you updated and be able to answer any questions on the new amendment tomorrow.  Keep watching the website if you cannot come.  For now thanks for all the support and encouragement I’ve gotten from all of you … please help to keep the information being distributed correct. I’m still fielding calls from those who have heard rumors etc. The website is, has been and will continue to be our lifeline of information.

 thanks

 

Todd C. Miller

State Coordinator, ABATE of NE Inc.

ABATE of Nebraska

402.440.8756

email - StateCoor@abateofne.com


2/08 update:

            We have been getting the information to Senator Janssen’s office as requested. A big thank you to Spotman for doing a ton of leg work on this one!  We have been in close contact with Janssen’s office and it looks like things are shaping up nicely … At this time we don’t know what all the details of what is changing in the Amendments but that they are changing.  That being said I am of the understanding that a lot of work has gone into this since last Wednesday! They have canvassed insurance companies to see what is available and what might satisfy the agreements etc … We have been told they are very close to an understanding among the senators involved.  Now let me reiterate …

 There is no long term disability being discussed as an amendment to the bill … that was killed last Wednesday!

What insurance if any will be proposed in another amendment … at this time we don’t know what …. Lets not all complain till we know what it will be …

 All that being said the bill and amendments may come back to the floor this week … it is highly likely at this time but no guarantee … we will update you as soon as we know for sure.

Thank you all for your patience as we attempt to get LB200 moved to Select file …

 Todd C. Miller

State Coordinator, ABATE of NE Inc.

ABATE of Nebraska

402.440.8756

email - StateCoor@abateofne.com


DAY 3 OF DEBATE - 2/03/2010

Ok day 3 of debate on our bill lb 200 and the amendments so far …

 

We started this am with 2 outstanding issues and didn’t start actually talking about the bill till 9:47 with the first order of business to clarify the long term disability am 60 amendment. Coash was in agreement that it was vague and somewhat a burden as written … therefore it was asked to be removed by Janssen and supported by Coash. So we started in again with debate on lb 200 even though the real issue was whether or not to remove the amendment … several members both opposing and for lb200 chimed in to give opinions on the issue but most were in agreement that really it was very tough to add long term care to the bill. Again a lot of senators seemed to get off track and take the time to spout useless data about lb200.

            Senator Harms brought up a survey from MADD that canvassed NE residents and said by district the percentages of people who would leave the helmet law in tact … stating that 78% on average by district would not want it to change … we have no idea who they were talking to and well it was a MADD study so I’m sure it was not riders. But in our favor Janssen was able to get up in response and tout that 10/11 did a poll and had a 72% in favor of repeal and ketv in Omaha had a 54% in favor of repeal to rebut Harms claims that Nebraskans don’t want a change … Here I have to say Thanks to all of you who went out and voted and spread the word … you again made a difference! You not only took a bullet away from the opposition but gave one to our Senator and it was fired! … Good Job! 

That being said Campbell came back with how she had gotten emails from riders on how upset they were that they would have to carry this insurance. That they would wear a helmet anyway and didn’t want the burden … be careful on the emails … that’s all I can say there.  I don’t believe it was an ABATE member just reiterating how important it is we stay focused and concentrate on the issues at hand together as an organization.

Debate raged on about how the insurance was not available etc for the 1 million dollar liability and Senator White chimed in and named ABATE saying “if we require insurance ABATE will get the ins.” … was a nice plug for us saying basically we would find a way to meet whatever legislation came down the pike … thank you Senator White! In the end the question was finally called and by a vote of 42 for and 2 against am 60 was dropped from the bill ie there is no longer a long term disability amendment to the bill … it stands now without that only with the 1 million dollar insurance policy and the sunset clause amendment in debate. At that point Senator Mccoy asked to bracket the bill …

Senator flood stepped in to explain what that meant … Most bills once bracketed if not prioritized are basically killed unless prioritized which in effect would guarantee it be heard again on the floor…. Janssen has publicly Prioritized the bill and backed the bracketing of the bill which means it is not dead and will be heard … he bought himself some time to get the ducks in a row on the insurance issue which seems to be the focal point on the bill at this time.  So there we are folks The bill is still moving forward and on track to be heard again we are working diligently to get the proper insurance information to Senator Janssen on our end. Looking to model it after Texas and Florida which both have insurance clauses in their repeals … We have gained a lot of momentum and some new votes on record to back us going forward … You have done a great job of working with us on this don’t stop now ….

What we need now is this … I need you to keep monitoring public forums, let us know if there is a poll going on about the helmet issue, a survey being done or any other form of media getting around … send us copies or direct us to websites so we can respond on the state level to outside criticism of the bill we cant watch every paper so we are counting on you to help … let us make the decision on how to act on it but please keep us informed.  Talk to riders across the state get them involved watching the opinion pages etc. if you wish to respond, run it by me bob and  scott …. We will get back right away I promise.   We need to stay unified! If we don’t we will fail on this push … no one person alone can change this law but as an organization working together we have a lot of possibilities. We are not looking for emails or calls to senators at this time unless you feel your senator can still be persuaded to flip to our side … if so let us know as well …. But be ready that position may change at any moment!

 

Again thanks for the support thus far you have done wonderful … let’s not lose the momentum as we push this bill over the edge to law …

 

Rogue

 

Todd C. Miller

State Coordinator, ABATE of NE Inc.

ABATE of Nebraska

402.440.8756

 

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DAY TWO OF DEBATE - 2/02/2010

Well first thanks for the show of support into day 2 at the capital and we still had a descent turn out of support in the balcony … I urge anyone to come down and show your support again tomorrow at 9 am.

 

The day started off excellent Janssen introduced a new amendment striking the old one which in effect combined amendments from the previous day.  AM 1720 this amendment included the sunset clause which in effect would allow a 5 yr time frame of the bill to give us as motorcyclist a chance to prove what we’ve been saying all along that the right to choose would not be a public burden etc. … also part of that amendment is including the 1million dollar insurance liability rider to the bill … the purpose of which was to get votes … and it seems to be working.  Also introduced and passed to amend to the amendment was am 60 which would attach a long term disability ins to non helmet wearing riders … now I know some of you feel this is unjust and a mandate to our freedoms and I ask you to bear with Senator Janssen as he moves to clarify what that all means. As of now it was adjourned to tomorrow am for further review.  

 

All that being said, the Debate today was excellent!! So good as to bring 2 senators we had not expected to come over to our side …

Highlights of the debates were as follows ….

Janssen, Rogert, Price and Lautenbaugh all like the sunset amendment to give us a chance to arrive at our own data instead of relying on data from across other states to make legislative decisions in Nebraska. They all had great arguments to that affect. 

Gloor and Lathrop tried to make bikers out to be criminals that would deceive the govt. and would not buy the insurance etc … but janssen retaliated quite nicely with we would be “guilty without trial” to assume bikers would not be licensed etc. and that he did plug ABATE and Share the Road campaign as a proactive approach to reduce fatalities … Thank You Senator!

Senator Schilz went on to say “Saving one life is a hollow argument against us” that not taking risks is not living… that education is the key ! ( wow does that sound familiar?) …

Dierks didn’t have much to say other than “this is just a bad bill” … you can take that for whatever it is worth … please don’t get him reelected …

Senator Avery oh we have to love him … came to the floor and said we would, if we repeal the helmet, law allow all the 1% organizations into the state and he proceeded to name the sons of silence, banditos and several others stating we would be bringing corruption and drugs into the state … we all had a good laugh on the balcony … but in response we had good senator Lautenbaugh who made a nice argument on why is it that government feels its ok to regulate anything to do with health just because the state is “compassionate enough to provide health care does not give us the right of tyrannical control” again very good arguments for us … 

Senator Hansen gave us a nice speech in favor of the bill in general but agreed that the long term health care should be attached to all vehicles not just motorcycles …. Including but not limited to skiing, snowboarding, jetski’s, bull riding etc etc … and got a good laugh as well … Senator White gave a nice argument that govt. should only regulate individuals when problems are too big for them to handle and that this was not one of those issues … he went on to say the constitution grants us the right of pursuit of happiness … and what is involved with that … ie what makes life worth living?  He proposed that we all take risks in our daily lives and those risky activities whether it be riding horses, bikes etc might just be that for the individual … Thank you Senator!

Senator Nelson did a 180 and wow … guess what through the debate has changed his mind on the bill! He felt the numbers given him of motorcyclists who do have head injuries was such an infinitesimal amount compared to those from cars … why are we legislating against motorcyclists…. Way to go those of you in his district something is getting through!

Senator Fischer gave a compelling argument for us as well asking where do we as govt. draw the line, what activities do we control?  Her philosophy being the purpose of govt. is to protect the rights of individuals … that we cannot be protected from ourselves.

Senator Christianson gave another great argument he even went on record to say in the past he would only support the bill with the insurance clause but with the debates he would now support the bill with or without it due to the excellent arguments for personal choice! Though he did mention he liked the insurance clause as well … your work is paying off out there people!

Senator Stuthman is wholly in favor of the sunset clause to get some real figures on the bill to give us a chance Senator Karpisek also threw his hat in the ring for it due to getting the bill to pass and to move on with things for govt.

Senator Council … another good argument guess what she appears to be in favor! Gave an excellent speech on debunking some of the nonsense about costs associated with the helmet laws etc and said increased accidents is most likely due to increase of motorcyclists in states that repealed the helmet law and did give a nice pun to Senator Avery’s remarks about 1% clubs and wondered what tv show (sons of anarchy) senator Avery was watching … Thank You Senator!

Senator Sullivan also chimed in toward the end to give support … again thank you senator!

 

There were many more speeches and I am just giving you some highlights for those out west or who cannot watch it on internet or tv.  The against side mostly looked terrible in their arguments and to me that was great … All in all it was a great day at the capital and I look forward to what tomorrow brings with the amendment clarifications. I would have to say the general feeling seems to be growing that we should not be legislated to wear helmets … or at least be given a chance to test it out ….

 

Here is what I would suggest to all of you … We aren’t for sure where or what will happen to the clarification of the amendment and I don’t want a flood of emails asking questions yet to the senators … what I would like is for those of you in the senators districts that were speaking for us today to give them a quick email in your own words thanking them for their vocal support to the bill. As always I will attempt to keep you all updated the best I can.  I must say you all have done and are doing a great job! … keep it up.  Keep the information flowing and we may be tanning our scalps yet!

As always and questions or concerns feel free to call or email anytime ill try to respond asap.

 

Todd C. Miller

State Coordinator, ABATE of NE Inc.

ABATE of Nebraska

402.440.8756

 

for more information email Todd Miller @ StateCoor@abateofne.com

                                                   Bob Ailor @ Statetreas@abateofne.com

                                                   Scotty Lucey @ Stateleg@abateofne.com

 


Senator's Position list

                 
                   
                   

101st Nebraska Unicameral Legislature

District #

Senator

LB 253/YES

LB253/NO

LB200/YES

LB200/NO

LB200 UNKWN

ABATE Dist

EMAIL
 

1

Lavon Heidemann

X

 

X

   

11

lheidemann@leg.ne.gov

 

 

2

Dave Pankonin

 

X

 

X

 

6, 11

dpankonin@leg.ne.gov

 

 

3

Scott Price

       

X

6

sprice@leg.ne.gov

 

 

4

Pete Pirsch

 

X

   

X

6

ppirsch@leg.ne.gov

 

 

5

Heath Mello

   

X?

   

6

hmello@leg.ne.gov

 

 

6

John Nelson

 

X

   

X

6

jnelson@leg.ne.gov

 

 

7

Jeremy Nordquist

       

X

6

jnordquist@leg.ne.gov

 

 

8

Tom White

X

 

X

   

6

twhite@leg.ne.gov

 

 

9

Gwen Howard

 

X

   

X

6

ghoward@leg.ne.gov

 

 

10

Bob Krist

   

X

   

6

bkrist@leg.ne.gov

 

 

11

Brenda Council

       

X

6

bcouncil@leg.ne.gov

 

 

12

Steve Lathrop

 

X

   

X

6

slathrop@leg.ne.gov

 

 

13

Tanya Cook

     

X?

 

6

tcook@leg.ne.gov

 

 

14

Tim Gay

 

X

 

X

 

6

tgay@leg.ne.gov

 

 

15

Charlie Janssen

   

X

   

15

cjanssen@leg.ne.gov

 

 

16

Kent Rogert

X

 

X

   

5, 15

krogert@leg.ne.gov

 

 

17

Robert Giese

   

X

   

5, 15

bgiese@leg.ne.gov

 

 

18

Scott Lautenbaugh

X

 

X

   

5, 6

slautenbaugh@leg.ne.gov

 

 

19

Mike Flood

X

 

X

   

4

mflood@leg.ne.gov

 

 

20

Brad Ashford

 

X

X?

   

6

bashford@leg.ne.gov

 

 

21

Ken Haar

     

X

 

2

khaar@leg.ne.gov

 

 

22

Arnie Stuthman

X

 

X

   

4

astuthman@leg.ne.gov

 

 

23

Chris Langemeier

X

 

X

   

2

clangemeier@leg.ne.gov

 

 

24

Greg Adams

 

X

 

X

 

4, 7

gadams@leg.ne.gov

 

 

25

Kathy Campbell

     

X?

 

2

kcampbell@leg.ne.gov

 

 

26

Amanda McGill

 

X

 

X?

 

2

amcgill@leg.ne.gov

 

 

27

Colby Coash

   

X?

   

2

ccoash@leg.ne.gov

 

 

28

Bill Avery

 

X

 

X

 

2

bavery@leg.ne.gov

 

 

29

Tony Fulton

 

X

 

X

 

2

tfulton@leg.ne.gov

 

 

30

Norm Wallman

 

X

   

X

2

nwallman@leg.ne.gov

 

 

31

Rich Pahls

X

 

X

   

6

rpahls@leg.ne.gov

 

 

32

Russ Karpisek

X

 

X

   

7, 8

rkarpisek@leg.ne.gov

 

 

33

Dennis Utter

     

X?

 

8

dutter@leg.ne.gov

 

 

34

Annette Dubas

X

 

X

   

8

adubas@leg.ne.gov

 

 

35

Mike Gloor

     

X?

 

8

mgloor@leg.ne.gov

 

 

36

John Wightman

 

X

   

X

3

jwightman@leg.ne.gov

 

 

37

Galen Hadley

     

X

 

3

ghadley@leg.ne.gov

 

 

38

Tom Carlson

X

     

X

3, 7

tcarlson@leg.ne.gov

 

 

39

Beau McCoy

   

X?

   

5, 6

bmccoy@leg.ne.gov

 

 

40

ML "Cap" Dierks

 

X

   

X

4, 15

mdierks@leg.ne.gov

 

 

41

Kate Sullivan

   

X?

   

3, 4

ksullivan@leg.ne.gov

 

 

42

Tom Hansen

X

 

X

   

12

thansen@leg.ne.gov

 

 

43

Deb Fischer

X

 

X

   

3, 4, 13

dfischer@leg.ne.gov

 

 

44

Mark Christensen

X

 

X

   

12

mchristensen@leg.ne.gov

 

 

45

Abbie Cornett

 

X

   

X

6

acornett@leg.ne.gov

 

 

46

Danielle Conrad

X

 

X

   

2

dconrad@leg.ne.gov

 

 

47

Ken Schilz

   

X?

   

10, 12

kschilz@leg.ne.gov

 

 

48

John Harms

   

X?

   

10

jharms@leg.ne.gov

 

 

49

Louden

X

 

X????

   

13

llouden@leg.ne.gov

 

   

Totals

16

15

25

12

12

   
   

?= Senator who may change position

             
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   

 

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