"This comes as a complete surprise and is being dealt with as rapidly as possible. Unfortunately, it will take the next legislative session to get this corrected."As many know, getting a law undone is a whole heap harder than stopping it to begin with. Which is what we tried to do despite the constant protestations from the President of ABATE of Florida, that the "bill is Dead". "Do not write your representatives."
You can see Mike Prices report here. I suggest it be read for it's educational value.
That ABATE of Florida has moved into damage control mode is evidenced by the following statement from the report:
"I have discussed my findings with Doc (our Lobbyist) Note: and (Florida ABATE President) and we have already begun a level of communication to correct this situation. It is important to understand that virtually no one with certainty has interpreted this law the correct way until the Clerk of Courts offered an "official" position. While there have been questions and confusion, that I have tried to address myself, it is the court system that ultimately has defined the position and has distributed the answer."
The problem is, the damage has been done.
There were a number of people that saw the egregiousness of this bill and fought against it. Including the AMA (American Motorcycle Association), members of B.O.L.T. , contributors to this site and others and probably more "independent" Bikers from the erst of the country than from Florida. All of whom were demonized and vilified by the one person who played a major role in allowing this bill to pass. The President of ABATE of Florida himself, who did his best to exclude everybody but himself from participating in the legislative process.
Rather than seek help in the form of unifying Florida Bikers he alienated many by by perpetuating his own view that nobody knows anything but him.
Our first post on HB137 was on 9-27-09. From that date on contributors on this site, Bruce and Ray's forum and others began asking questions.
As a result the constant permutations of facts being thrown about by the ABATE of Florida oresident on 1-12-08 we posted the following:
"A brief chronology of FL HB137 and the duplicity of ABATE of Florida". It can be found here:
Wherein we documented a blow by blow history of the bill to that point.
Three pages of links to subsequent posts we made documenting the the continuing history of HB137 and the bizarre actions of the President of ABATE of Florida can be found here:
Many people dismissed many of our postings as "sour grapes" and/or "personal vendetta's" against the President of ABATE of Florida. When the truth is, we told the truth and the facts bear that out.
Now this "we" looks for no validation from those who engaged in contempt prior to investigation. Our concern is, and has been, the preservation and protection of Bikers rights and freedoms (and by extension the rights and freedoms of all). Including protection from those within our own camp that would seek to control us our shut us up. Which of course is not going to happen.
The passage of HB137 into law has implications far beyond the severity of it's contents. It clearly demonstrated to the Florida legislature that the Motorcycle Rights Movement in Florida is broken, has little support or power.
As much as I would like to lay the blame for this at the feet of the President of ABATE of Florida, I can't.
The blame lies with every Florida biker who sat on their ass and let somebody else do "their" work for them without question. The sad thing is that this is not just endemic to the Bikers rights movement. It is a microcosm of the state of the country as a whole.Add to Technorati Favorites