"Regarding stiffer penalties, we had one senator against it.
We had wordage in place to get this done by amendment.
RC showed up with four of his people. The bill was called, they got to speak first.
The amendment was offered, they immediately spoke against it. The bill was tp'd
(temporarily postponed) because of this. All our work went down the drain. Apologies were made to the sponsors, they know it wasn't us. They agreed to rehear it Monday. Doc had talked to all seven members, had an appt. with the speaker of the house at 5pm. Bill passed at deadline, but the senate is now upset. Doc apologized to the chairman, who says she knows Doc didn't do this.................."
I swear to God I do not know whether to laugh or cry. I have to laugh at the absurdity of this and cry that people might actually take it seriously and believe it. However I guess we will need to err on the side of crying as it is because of the incompetence and/or lies of the ABATE of Florida lobbyist, James D. Reichenbach, that "bikers" continue to die needlessly on the killing fields Florida refers to roadways.
So as we so often have to do, let us set the record straight:
Doc, You have people. Somewhere around 7000 so you claim, none of whom showed. I have "no people". The people that showed up with me were all concerned motorcyclists representing various MC organizations. Some were not affiliated with anybody. Also there was more than "Four".
We (note the word "we" Doc) originally to support what you claim to be "YOUR" bill (note you did not use the word ABATE, you did use the word "I" a lot).
We (see that word "we" Doc?) reversed our position based on the amendment you "supported" that took all teeth out of the bill and replaced them with "community service." We provided Representative Evers with an "alternative" that he said "had possibilities." It was reported that one Senators aide said yours was poorly written.
However, despite the fact it is this writers belief that the Florida legislature has no intention in hell of passing anything of benefit to "Bikers," "IF" it was "our" actions that killed that poor excuse for a "stiffer penalties bill" then we did our job! You on the other hand, apparently, as usual, did not do your job. Though you get paid! We do not!
In fact, "if" it was "us" that got that poor excuse of a bill killed, then we did the biker community a favor and you may consider dividing your salary with "us". Because if those of us whom you refer to as "the ill informed and hear them make ridiculous statements in the Capitol". (see Letter from the ABATE FLorida lobbyist/President as we predicted and our response) killed "your" bill then what you are in fact saying is, a few ill-informed, ridiculous Bikers, with no organization or money behind them
"Kicked your ass". Justify that to your members!
So because we have to here are links for those who wish to know the truth:
Relating to HB1161
Relating to SB968
In closing we would offer the following: Doc made the following statements in his report:
"Apologies were made to the sponsors, they know it wasn't us."
"Doc apologized to the chairman, who says she knows Doc didn't do this."
For members of ABATE, ask Doc to verify the above statements.
I believe that I can verify that we made no apologies.
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