Two years ago the MT legislature proposed a bill to restrict events that involved exhibitions of speed and/or endurance. We would have been required to contact every jurisdiction through which an event passes and obtain permission. Since the Iron Butt Rally, the HOPE ride and various triathlons (at a minimum) would fall under this type of law, the proposal had to be addressed and was successfully defeated.
If our MOA annual rally is scheduled for Vermont in 2006, maybe everyone in BMW MOA should get involved in this, not just Vermonters...
AMA is sending out this notice:
Vermont's local lawmakers would have an easier time blocking motorcycle rides before they even start, under a bill introduced in the Vermont General Assembly. Introduced by state Reps. Richard Hube (R-Londonberry) and Richard Marek (D-Newfane), House Bill 421 would require leaders of an "organized motor vehicle event" to get a permit from the council or select board of any affected municipality. Failure to get the permission would result in a fine of up to $1,000 plus "reasonable costs incurred by the town as a result of the violation."
This proposal also would make it easier for towns to restrict the types of motor vehicles allowed on certain roads and trails because it would do away with the requirement that the town get approval from the state transportation director before restricting access to roads.
AMA notes that this bill would make it easier for local politicians to stop recreational motorcycle events in places like Jamaica, which inappropriately stopped a dual-sport ride before it began last summer.
Even though the Vermont Attorney General's Office took issue with many of the steps taken by Jamaica's Board of Selectmen and local law enforcement officers to stop the Red Fox Turkey Run last year, HB 421 would give even greater discretion to local politicians.
Also HB 421 defines an "organized motor vehicle event" so broadly that any group of seven or more motorcyclists (street or dual-purpose) would be required to get a permit to access town roads.
If you want to take action, go to the Statewatch section of http://www.amadirectlink.com/.