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November 2015 - Volume XXXVIIII- Issue XVIII Next Meeting: November 15th @ Jerseys Sports Café @ 10:30am ABATE OF FLORIDA, INC. The only Motorcycle Rights Organization in the State of Florida Legislative News • MSAP Instructors • Community Service ABATE: American Bikers Aimed Towards Education Lobby & Educate the Government & The General Public to Promote Motorcycling in a Safe & Positive Image

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Page 1: Southwest Chapter of ABATE of Florida November 2015

November 2015 - Volume XXXVIIII- Issue XVIII

Next Meeting: November 15th @ Jerseys Sports Café @ 10:30am

ABATE OF FLORIDA, INC.

The only Motorcycle Rights Organization in the State of Florida

Legislative News • MSAP Instructors • Community Service

ABATE:

American Bikers Aimed Towards Education

Lobby & Educate the Government & The General Public to Promote Motorcycling in a Safe & Positive Image

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MEMBER MATERIAL DEADLINE:

25th of the Month for Editorial

And Board Approval

NEW ADVERTISERS OR AD DEADLINE:

15th of the Month

Identification statement

Southwest chapter newsletter:

Issue date: November 2015

Published monthly by

Abate of Florida, inc.

Southwest Chapter

P.O. Box 60745, Fort Myers FL 33906

http://southwest.abateflorida.com

Disclaimer:

The views expressed in this newsletter are not neces-

sarily those of ABATE of Florida, Inc. and or the

Southwest Chapter.

The publication allows members to express their

beliefs and opinions. ABATE of Florida, Inc. and

Southwest Chapter accept no responsibility for the

comments, opinions, or views contained in this

newsletter.

Please direct correspondence in reference to this

publication to:

Shayne Hanley - 239-560-2565

Donations to ABATE of Florida, Inc. are not

deductible for Federal Tax Purposes.

ABATE of Florida, Inc.

© 2010 ABATE of Florida, Inc.

Southwest Chapter

All Rights Reserved

ABATE of Florida, Inc. and the Southwest

Chapter do not condone drinking while riding or

driving.

ABATE OF FLORIDA, INC.

MISSION STATEMENT

WHO WE ARE: We are a non-profit organization of mo-

torcycle enthusiasts from all walks of

life. We lobby and educate the govern-

ment and the general public to promote

motorcycling in a safe and positive im-

age. We endeavor to enlist the coopera-

tion and participation of all organiza-

tions and individuals that share a simi-

lar interest in preserving our American

tradition of FREEDOM. We promote

motorcycle safety, training, and political

awareness. We ARE NOT A CLUB OR

GANG. We fund our work through toy

runs, poker runs, campouts, and other

motorcycle activities. We are your

neighbors and friends who work, pay

taxes, and get involved with our commu-

nity. We serve and support our country

and believe in freedom. We use all legal

means to protect our rights without in-

fringing on the rights of others.

OUR GOALS

To become a powerful and viable po-

litical force in legislative matters

concerning the motorcyclist.

To promote the safe riding habits

without infringing on individual free-

doms.

To motivate the bikers to write let-

ters to their legislators before, dur-

ing, and after the legislative session.

To furnish our members with a news-

letter to keep all bikers informed in

regards to upcoming legislation.

Southwest chapter

Meeting schedule:

OUR NEXT CHAPTER

MEETING WILL BE HELD

Nov. 15

At Jerseys Sports Café @ 10:30am

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239-277-7777

3441 Colonial BLVD, Ft. Myers FL 33966

WWW.SUNSPORTSCYCLE.COM

VISIT OUR WEBSITE southwestcylce.net OR STOP INTO OUR SHOWROOM

620 NE 15th Ave, Cape Coral FL 33909 (Across from Mel’s Diner on Pine Island Rd)

Call: 239-573-8800

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Hello Everyone!

I'm glad to see November finally here. October was

such a crazy month with four events to kick off, what I hope,

is going to be a great season. What a relief that the cooler

weather has finally arrived, these cool mornings and nice af-

ternoons is the type of weather we all have been waiting for.

With that being said the snowbirds and the influx of traffic is

coming, be careful when riding out there.

We will be having our bike nights each month so

make sure you stop by and say Hi. We always welcome the

company. These events are a great way to get the word out

about ABATE and what we stand for. We always want to pro-

mote Motorcycle Safety and get more people involved. I just

want to say a great big Thank You to everyone who has come

out to these events and volunteered their time. I cannot put

into words how appreciative I am.

If you know anyone who would like to have our safety

person do a MSAP Program, let us know. The more members

the better to get out the word on Motorcycle Safety. It would

be really great to be recognized at the next state meeting with

the most new members and growth.

One last thing, Dave Adams who is the Vice President

of the Peace River Chapter was in a motorcycle accident. It is

always difficult when one of our own is in an accident and

gets injured. I am asking that everyone please keep him and

his family in your thoughts and prayers.

As always, stay safe and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Shayne Hanley

SW Chapter President

Abate of Florida, Inc.

Our next meeting

will be held

NOVEMBER 15th @ 10:30 am

At jerseys sports cafÉ.

13971 n Cleveland ave

Fort myers FL

On the corner of

pondella and 41

CHRIS

PROFFITT

[email protected]

239-240-9695

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SOUTHWEST CHAPTER LIFE MEMBERS

To become a Life Member Contact Membership Trustee For More Information See Page 9

Kim Adair

Keith Baker

Bill Barber

Darrell Barnett

Denee Bartels

Karl Bartling

Karl Bartling III

James Bogenrieder

Scott Blink

Chet Budz

James Burkholder

Nora Burkholder

Don Campbell

Ellen Campson

Frances Cazes

Wayne Cerra

Jonathan Conant

Terry Covington

Audrey Cran

Rick Cran

Rob Cran

Robert “Cruz” Crusan

Jim Crystal

Dan Curry

Biffle Davis

Lynne Davis

Mary Dicenzo-Porter

Al Diagiaco

Frank Disomma

Cindy Doak

Randy Eck

Marius Espeleta

Jeffery Fielder

Harry Foster

Leather Foster

Brian Galvin

Sonny Gartrell

Steven Goldstein

Lynnda Gray

Larry Gullia

Bob Hall

Hans Holberg

Rodney Hollingsworth

Misti Hollingsworth

Harry Hoover

Jeff Hoover

Jonathan Hunt

George Huttman

Susan “Red” Huttman

Dan Jackson

Cindy “CJ” Jordan

Frankie Kennedy

Ed LaCombe

Julio Lopez

Mary Ann Rivera-Lopez

“KD” Marlowe

Don Meredith Jr.

Jo Ann Miller

Kenneth Miller

John Mitchell

Jay Monttetit

Moe Moser

Taylor Musburger

Carl Nelson

Steve Newton

Tami Newton

Terry Padilla

Bob Penn

Asuncsion Peppers

Richard Peppers

Victor Piorkowski

Kathleen Provenzano

Rev. Thomas Provenzano

Frank E. Rhorer

Bill Robinson

Janet Rolfe

Tabitha Rossi

Roland Salsberry

Bruce Scheiner

Juergen Wolfgang Schmidt

Jencye Schmitt

Jerry Schmitt

Elsie Seif

Doug Sepanak

Robert Simon

Kelly Smith

Roger Smith

Randall Spivey

Richard Stergulz

Sandy Stergulz

Grandpa Stewart

Lynda Stewart

Russell Sullivan

Scott Turner

Ruth Vorys

Teresa Webster

D. Payton Wells

Michael Wieland

Jama Wyatt

Steve Wyatt

Life Members Who Have Passed Away

Jerry Barnett Maggie Cran Ginny D’Asti

John Kennedy

Russell May Rev. Rea Means

Jim Mozeleski

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Vice-President’s message: Some things I think I think: The Veterans Christmas Ride, our Chapter’s signature event, is Sunday, December 20th this year. I’m asking ALL Chapter members to support this event. You can bring either gifts or cash to the ride. If you cannot attend the ride, I ask that you make a contribution of gifts or cash prior to the ride. You can call me at 412-999-3397 or reach out to any Chapter officer to arrange for getting your contribution to us. I’d like to ask Life Members to consider making an annual contribution to the Chapter to help sustain operations. Obvi-ously, Life Members do not add $10 each year to the treas-ury as do new members and renewing members. So if you think the organization is worthwhile, please consider making a contribution. Dark clouds on the horizon- while we at ABATE of Florida do an excellent job of keeping a watchful eye on our over-protective state legislators, there are others that we need to worry about. Washington, DC is filled with bureaucrats who think it’s their job to protect us from ourselves with things like mandatory helmet laws. I personally fear that it’s more likely that a universal helmet law will come from Washington than Tallahassee. As a member of ABATE, you’ve already shown that you understand that your membership gives you a louder voice in state politics. But what can you do about federal legislation? Who speaks for you in Washington? The answer is the MRF- Motorcycle Riders Foundation. Some of us are already MRF members but many others don’t know about it. I urge you to visit their website, see what they’re doing and consider joining if you think it’s worthwhile. I think it is. I hope all members have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving with friends and loved ones. Moe

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ABATE of Florida, Inc. / Southwest Chapter

EXECUTIVE BOARD & TRUSTEES P.O. Box 60745, Fort Myers FL 33906-6748

southwest.abateflorida.com

President - Shayne Hanley

[email protected] / 239-560-2565

Vice President - Moe Moser

[email protected] / 412-999-3397

Secretary - Laurie Hanley

[email protected] / 239-898-5168

Treasurer - Heidi Szolga

[email protected] / 618-616-0870

Sergeant-At-Arms - Robb Rabell

[email protected] / 239-458-3136

Membership Trustee - Charlie Fisher

[email protected] / 239-772-3972

Public Relations - Gwynne Hickman

[email protected] / 239-246-2025

Legislative Representative - Frank Kennedy

[email protected] / 239-693-7035

Safety Director - Victor Piorkowski

[email protected] / 239-722-3320

Newsletter - Tara Ricci

[email protected]

Webmaster - Taylor Musburger

[email protected] / 239-334-1620

Chapter Chaplain - Tom Provenzano

[email protected]

Products - Michele Temple

[email protected] / 239-357-5523

Chapter Rep - Victor Piorkowski

Chapter Rep - Carl Nelson

HELP SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MRO*

*MOTORCYCLE RIGHTS ORGANIZATION

ABATE OF FLORIDA, INC.

©2012 ABATE of Florida, Inc. Southwest Chapter

• All Rights Reserved

SOUTHWEST CHAPTER PRODUCTS

LARGE CHAPTER PATCH

(MEMBERS ONLY) $25.00

SMALL CHAPTER PATCH

$7.00

CHAPTER FLAG

$25.00

CHAPTER SHIRT & MORE ARE AVAIL-

ABLE

SEE PRODUCTS TRUSTEE FOR

INVENTORY

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STATE OF OFFICE: Abate of Florida, Inc.

P.O. Box 2520, Deland FL 32721-2520

Phone: (386) 943-9610 / Fax: Same

Email: [email protected]

PRESIDENT: James “Doc” Reichenbach

P.O. Box 712, Silver Springs FL 34489-0712

Phone: (352) 625-6353 / Fax: Same

Email: [email protected]

VICE PRESIDENT: Dennis “Mudder” Rudoi

P.O. Box 2520, Deland FL 32721-2520

Phone: (407) 925-4307 / Fax: (407) 699-9748

Email: [email protected]

SECRETARY: Shelly Johnston

P.O. Box 2520, Deland FL 32721-2520

Phone: (904) 405-4700 / Fax: (386) 943-9610

Email: [email protected]

TREASURER: Patti Nasrallah

P.O. Box 16309, Temple Terrace FL 33687-6309

Phone: (813) 695-9203 / Fax: (813) 626-2306

Email: [email protected]

SGT-AT-ARMS: TJ Painter

P.O. Box 2520, Deland FL 32721-2520

Phone: (352) 303-8299 / Fax: (386) 943-9610

Email: [email protected]

PR/COMMUNICATIONS: SaraBeth Kohl

P.O. Box 2520, Deland FL 32721-2520

Phone: (904) 591-4100 / Fax: (386) 943-9610

Email: [email protected]

MASTERLINK EDITOR: C/O State Office

P.O. Box 2520, Deland FL 32721-2520

Phone: (386) 943-9610 / Fax: Same

Email: [email protected]

MEMBERSHIP: Grace Lord

P.O. Box 2520, Deland FL 32721-2520

Phone: (904) 504-6362 / Fax: (386) 943-9610

Email: [email protected]

SAFETY PROGRAM (MSAP) DIRECTOR: John Massoth

P.O. Box 2520, Deland FL 32721-2520

Phone: (904) 729-6960 / Fax: (561) 333-6773

Email: [email protected]

LEGISLATIVE TRUSTEE: Darrin “Scribe” Brooks

P.O. Box 2520, Deland FL 32721-2520

Phone: (239) 398-7145

Email: [email protected]

PRODUCTS TRUSTEE: Steve “Care Taker” Knee

P.O. Box 4372, Milton FL 32572-4372

Phone: (850) 529-4446 / Fax: (386) 943-9610

Email: [email protected]

LEGAL COUNSEL: Larry Crow

1247 S.Pinellas Ave, Tarpon Springs FL 34689

Phone: (727) 945-1112 / Fax: (727) 945-9224

Email: [email protected]

WEBMASTER: (appointed)

Email: [email protected]

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Wanna be NOTICED

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[email protected] Visit my Delphi forum

Let’s Just Ride

Fathom’s Cape

Coral Bike

Night

Fort Myers

Bike Night

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Board Meeting

@ 5:30pm @

Perkins in

Ft. Myers

General Meeting

@ Jerseys Sports

Café

@ 10:30am

Mugs N’ Jugs

Lehigh Acres

@ 11am -

3:00 pm

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Fathom’s Cape

Coral Bike

Night

Board Meeting

@ 6:30pm

@ Jerseys Café

State Meeting Gator Ally Chp.

Cape Coral

Bike Night

General Meeting

@ Jerseys Sports

Café

@ 10:30am

Veterans Ride

Mugs N’ Jugs

Lehigh Acres

@ 11am -

3:00 pm

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Dear Fellow Abate Members… Life is Frustrating! As we get older, it seems like life throws so many curves at us. It seems

that we just can’t get to the next level. And, we feel like we hit a plane and

there’s no breakthrough. To add insult to injury and on top of everything else,

sometimes our scoots break down and we just can’t seem to find the answer to the problem. We feel like

giving up. It’s frustrating! The imperfections and dreaded human situations in this world are due to sin. God did create us.

But, a portion of our free will and human nature corrupted us. Just like Adam and Eve in the Garden of

Eden, how many times have we done things without God and outside of His will? What were the conse-

quences? The Scriptures tell us that, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” - Romans 3:23

KJV

Rather than asking, “What were the consequences?” Maybe, we should ask, “What did we learn,

in order to move on?” Romans 8:28 says, “All things work together for those who love the Lord and are

called according to His purpose.” “All things…” means the good, bad, and the ugly. Sometimes, things

happen that are totally out of our control, in which the innocent are affected. And, many times it is be-

cause someone else has acted outside of God’s will.

The times that we have seen real breakthrough in our lives has been, when we are at our “wit’s

end” and have finally called out to God, in a moment of desperation for His guidance and intervention. In

Jeremiah 33:3 God says, “Call unto Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things,

which you do not know.” Jesus said, “…I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Remember the old song, I Did It My Way? May we suggest a better song title, I’m Doing It

God’s Way! Having the “frame of mind” that we are acting in God’s will and accepting that God be-

came man on earth, in the form of Jesus, can give us a whole new attitude to see things and to act upon.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things

have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV

Jesus said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent

Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.” John

5:24 NKJV

Just allow Him to enter fully into your life with the following prayer: "Dear God, the God of

Abraham,

Isaac, and Jacob, the God of Jesus, my heavenly Father, I confess that I am a sinner and have been

separated from You. I ask forgiveness of my sins. I repent and accept this gift of repentance. I confess

with my mouth that your son Jesus is my savior and died for me. I believe in my heart that You raised

Him from the dead. Lord, it’s time I turn my whole life over to You. I receive Jesus into my heart and

ask Him to become the center of my life. I ask, in the Name of Jesus. Amen."

If you prayed that prayer for the first time and you really have accepted Him into your heart, please let us

know.

Blessings,

Pastor Tom (SW ABATE Chaplain and Life Member and Estero River ABATE Life Member) and Chaplain

Kathy (SW ABATE Life Member) - 239-267-8641 or email: [email protected]

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CALLED TO ORDER @ 10:35 am

Anyone besides secretary taking notes? No

Please silent cell phones

Salute flag/Pledge & Moment of Silent for the

Fallen

Sergeant Of Arms gave an accounting of members pre-

sent - 31

Welcome Everyone!

PRESIDENT’S REPORT: SHAYNE HANLEY

1. I am both surprised and excited at how many are

here today. Thank you everyone for coming.

2. The first couple of weeks this month were hard with

the Avon Park event, Hallowheels event, two bike

nights, and the State Meeting but, we made it.

3. Everyone give Lynn a big Happy Birthday. I also

want to thank Lynn for the great job she has been do-

ing with her face book page.

4. State Meeting –

Doc told us that there must be two delegates at every

State Meeting. Any chapters who do not follow this

can be suspended. Putnam County shut down.

All rides and events must go through the State and their

insurance. If not, you’re on your own, they won’t be

held responsible.

When doing safety booths there is to be no alcohol be-

hind the tables.

It was also stressed that we are all one, so we need to

support other chapters.

Avon Park went very well. The Mayor of Avon Park

wants us to come back next year. Doc will be discuss-

ing doing the event next year with their city council,

soon.

I want to once again thank everyone for all their help

with all the events that we did.

The State VP stressed getting memberships. If anyone

has ideas for getting more just call him. He is open to

any ideas.

VICE PRESIDENT: MOE MOSER

1. Status on Christmas Ride

The issue with the insurance has been resolved. The

ride will have a stagger start. Our flier should be ap-

proved soon. Also there will be no charge for the ride.

People will be asked to bring a gift – unwrapped – or

can donate money. Everything will go to the admini-

stration of the home.

When you come, bring a friend with you.

10 – 15 volunteers will be needed.

2. Fund Raising

To date we have raised $2,600. My goal is to raise

$6,000 for $50 gift cards, which each resident of the

Veteran’s home will receive.

I want each member to consider raising money for our

ride.

One of our members said, “Cudos to Moe for raising

that kind of money.”

Shayne announced that we had two new members, Tim

and Maddy, which he had stand up for everyone to

greet them.

SECRETARY’S REPORT: LAURIE HANLEY

1. Motion to accept September’s minutes as written

made by Frankie, and 2nd by Big Bird.

All in favor? Accepted.

ABATE OF FLORIDA, INC. SOUTHWEST CHAPTER

GENERAL MEETING @ Jerseys Sports Café, Fort Myers 10/18/2015

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TREASURER REPORT: HEIDI SZOLGA

1. Motion to accept report as given by Gwynne and 2nd

by John. All in favor? Accepted.

Anyone interested in seeing the report can come up to

look at it after the meeting.

Anyone who has State tickets, please sell or give back

to Heidi or Shayne. The tickets can be given to someone

else to sell.

SARGEANT AT ARMS: ROBB RABELL

At our Veteran’s Ride we are going to need help with

the parking lot and with point man in each

MEMBERSHIP: CHARLIE FISHER

6 new members and 1 renewal

LEGISLATIVE TRUSTEE: FRANK KENNEDY

1. Report in the newsletter

SAFETY DIRECTOR: VICTOR PIORKOWSKI

1.The funds provided from Avon Park will be going to-

ward Safety and Education materials.

At our next State Meeting we should find out how much

money and materials we can get.

2. Did 4 classes at N. Ft. Myers High School

3. Lynn gave Victor a possible lead on doing a MSAP

class.

PRODUCTS: MICHELE TEMPLE

Shayne wants to get t-shirts to sell at bike nights. Mich-

ele asked for ideas of what members were looking for as

far as shirt styles and ideas of what to put on shirt along

with our logo. At the next meeting she will present

some ideas for members to see and possibly vote on.

OLD/NEW BUSINESS

1. The Sergeant Of Arms, Robb, asked how many of us

knew what the Safety Awareness program was. He

made the suggestion that we should have a presentation

at one of our meetings. All thought it a good idea so

later in the year will make plans for that.

2. The Secretary told everyone about some rides and/or

events that other Abate Chapters were putting on and

handed out fliers to those interested.

Motion to Adjourn by Robb and 2nd by Victor. All in

favor? Accepted.

Adjourned 11:37am

American Brotherhood

Against

Totalitarian Enactments

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Senate Committee on Transportation

This is the first Senate committee that the Vulnerable Road Users (VRU) Bill will have to pass. Last year the VRU passed this

committee with some changes being made to the Bill and with quite a bit of discussion back and forth about the need for the VRU Bill.

We do have a HUGE supporter of motorcyclists and the VRU Bill, Senator Greg Evers has in the past sponsored the VRU and he fights

very hard with us to pass this Bill. If you can please call his office and thank him for his current and past support he has given us.

Please call all the Senators on this committee to voice your support for SB 332 when it comes before the Transportation Com-

mittee. Below is an example of what you can say:

“Hello, my name is _______, I am calling to ask for Senator ______ support of SB 332 when it comes before his/her Transportation

Committee. *** Here you can give a brief version of the loss of your loved one and what the vehicle driver was only charged with. Let

them know how this has impacted your life*** Thank you for time and please vote in support of SB 332.”

When you call their office, 99.9% of the time you will get their legislative aide. We LOVE the legislative aides, they control the

information given to the Senator and can REALLY help us. I know that they will be moved by your story and will want to help you. The

aide will usually ask your name, where you live, and a contact number. Sometimes they will have some follow up questions.

You can ask to speak to the Senator, but don’t count on that to happen. If you make a good connection with the aide they will

personally pass your request to the Senator. Just remember that they get hundreds of calls each day during session, so the sooner you can

call them the better chance you have to get in touch personally with them.

Here are the members of the Senate Transportation Committee:

Here are the members of the Senate Transportation Committee:

Sen. Jeff Brandes (Chairman) 850-487-5022 [email protected]

Sen. Dwight Bullard (Vice Chair) 850-487-5039 [email protected]

Sen. Oscar Braynon 850-487-5036 [email protected]

Sen. Greg Evers 850-487-5002 [email protected]

Sen. Denise Grimsley 850-487-5021 [email protected]

Sen. Wilton Simpson 850-487-5018 [email protected]

Sen. Geraldine “Geri” Thompson 850-487-5012 [email protected]

This is the first committee for SB 332, so I encourage you to call and email the members right away.

Thank you for your help.

Darrin "Scribe" Brooks,

State Legislative Trustee,

ABATE of Florida, Inc.

www.abateflorida.com

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Subject: 2nd Amendment issue 10.7.15

Hey Everyone,

Whether you are Pro-firearms or Anti-firearms this coming session will be one to watch. There are several firearms related Bills

already filed and making their way thru the committees. Here is the latest on some of them.

SUPREME COURT TO WEIGH OPEN CARRYING OF GUNS

The Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to take up a case challenging a state law the bars people from openly carrying firearms. Jus-

tices issued a brief order accepting the case, which stems from the 2012 arrest in Fort Pierce of Dale Norman, who was openly carrying a

gun in a holster. A jury found Norman guilty of a second-degree misdemeanor, leading to the constitutional challenge. The 4th District Court

of Appeal in February upheld a state law that prevents people from openly carrying firearms, ruling that the restriction does not violate con-

stitutional rights to bear arms. The Supreme Court decision Tuesday to accept the case came on the same day that a state House subcommit-

tee approved a bill (HB 163) that would allow people with concealed-weapons licenses to openly carry firearms.

SURVEY: FLORIDIANS OPPOSE GUNS ON CAMPUS

In the months before gunfire erupted at an Oregon community college in a mass shooting that killed nine people and the gunman, Floridians

were deeply skeptical of proposals that would allow students to carry concealed weapons on campus, according to a survey released this

week by the University of South Florida. The USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey, taken over the summer, also shows that a majority of

Florida adults favor legalizing medical marijuana, though perhaps not in strong enough numbers to adopt an amendment to the state Consti-

tution to allow pharmacological pot. Almost three-quarters of Floridians --- 73 percent --- oppose allowing students with concealed-weapons

permits to carry guns on campus, according to the survey. The poll was based on 1,251 interviews conducted from July 30 to Aug. 16 and

has a margin of error of 2.77 percentage points. The results were weighted to account for characteristics like race and gender.

OPEN-CARRY GUN BILL BANGS INTO BUSINESS CONCERNS

Floridians permitted to carry concealed handguns would be able to display firearms on the outside of their clothes, under a measure that

cleared its first House committee Tuesday. However, several lawmakers in both parties and an influential business group expressed concerns

about the potential impact of the proposal on private property rights. The House Criminal Justice Subcommittee voted 8-4 to support the

measure (HB 163), filed by Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, for the 2016 legislative session. It would allow people with concealed-

weapons licenses to openly carry firearms, something the state has banned since establishing conceal-carry rules in 1987. Gaetz described his

proposal, one of a number of firearm-related bills before the Legislature, as allowing citizens to be "armed with their own liberty." The

Northwest Florida lawmaker pointed to certain crime rates that are lower in other states that allow some form of open-carry. But he wouldn't

go so far as to say his measure --- his father, Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, is sponsoring the Senate version (SB 300) --- will make Florida

safer. "I can say that the statements from some of the shrillest voices that oppose the Second Amendment that this will lead to the wild, wild

west are unfounded based on any review of the crime data and statistics maintained by the (U.S.) Department of Justice," Matt Gaetz said.

Still, the measure, backed by gun-rights groups, may need to be changed or face opposition in future committees.

BACKYARD GUN RANGE BILL GETS GO-AHEAD

Trying to address issues such as backyard gun ranges, a Senate panel Tuesday approved a bill (SB 130) that would put restrictions on people

who recreationally fire weapons in residential areas. The Senate Community Affairs Committee unanimously approved the measure, which

Sen. Garrett Richter, R-Naples, filed for the 2016 legislative session. A staff analysis pointed to reports about people constructing gun ranges

in their backyards, with neighbors being concerned for safety. The bill would prevent people from recreationally firing guns in areas with

residential densities of one or more dwelling unit per acre. It would include some exemptions, including an exemption added Tuesday to

make clear people would not be prosecuted for accidentally firing weapons. The bill also was unanimously approved last month by the Sen-

ate Criminal Justice Committee. A similar House bill (HB 41), sponsored by Rep. Neal Combee, R-Polk City, and Rep. Darryl Rouson, D-

St. Petersburg, is scheduled to go before the House Local and Federal Affairs Committee on Wednesday.

Darrin "Scribe" Brooks,

State Legislative Trustee,

ABATE of Florida, Inc.

www.abateflorida.com

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Congressional letter aims to prevent E15-related engine damage

Urge your representative to sign before the deadline, Oct. 23!

Take Action

U.S. Reps. Bill Flores (R-Texas), Peter Welch (D-Vt.), Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Jim Costa (D-Calif.) and Steve

Womack (R-Ark.) are taking the lead by sending a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to discourage

it from breaching the Renewable Fuel Standard blend wall. The blend wall is the point at which no more ethanol can

be blended without creating higher-ethanol blends, such as E15 and above.

The bipartisan letter comes in response to the EPA’s proposed Renewable Volume Obligations rule for 2014, 2015

and 2016 and is scheduled to arrive before the RVOs are finalized on Nov. 30. The EPA proposal would increase the

amount of ethanol from all sources in the nation’s fuel supply to 17.4 billion gallons in 2016, up from 15.93 billion

gallons in 2014.

Those increases would come despite the EPA’s acknowledgement that the current market cannot absorb these higher

ethanol production rates. The practical effect of the EPA’s action is that ethanol production will exceed the “blend

wall.” That means more E15 and less E10 on future markets. More E15 will inevitably lead to inadvertent misfuel-

ing, which can damage motorcycle and all-terrain-vehicle engines. Moreover, the use of E15 may void the manufac-

turer’s warranty.

The EPA’s proposed rule does not consider the concerns of motorcyclists and ATV owners, despite the agency’s

knowing that none of the estimated 22 million motorcycles and ATVs in use in the United States is approved to use

blends with more than 10 percent ethanol (E10).

This letter would help protect millions of motorcycle and ATV vehicles and the riders who depend on their safe op-

eration.

The deadline for signatures is Friday, Oct. 23! Act today to ensure your representative signs the Flores/Welch/

Goodlatte/Costa/Womack letter.

To urge your representative to sign on to the bipartisan letter, just follow the “Take Action” option, which will send a

prewritten email directly to your lawmaker demanding access to safe fuel.

Now more than ever, it is crucial that you and your riding friends become members of the AMA to help protect our

riding freedoms. More members mean more clout against the opponents of motorcycling. That support will help fight

for your rights – on the road, trail, racetrack, and in the halls of government. If you are a motorcycle rider, join the

AMA at AmericanMotorcyclist.com/membership/join.

Congressional Dear Colleague and letter: RFS Blendwall DC and Letter.docx

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FLORIDA’S LEE COUNTY LEGISLATVIE DELEGATION

The Honorable Matt Caldwell, Chair, District 79

T. Wayne Miller Jr. Building, 15191 Homestead Road, Lehigh Acres FL 33971

(239)-694-0161 • HYPERLINK “mailto:[email protected][email protected]

Legislative Assistance: Charlotte Codie. District Assistant: Priscilla Bezerra

Tallahassee Office: 402 House Office Building, 402 South Monroe Street, Tallahassee FL 32399 • (850) 717-5079

The Honorable Lizbeth Benacquisto, Vice Chair, District 30

1926 Victoria Avenue, 2nd Floor, Fort Myers FL 33901

(239) 338-2570 • HYPERLINK “[email protected][email protected]

Legislative Assistant: Matthew Hunter, Dane Bennett, Tamara Holliday

Tallahassee Office: 330 Senate Office Building, 404 South Monroe Street, Tallahassee FL 32399 • (850) 487-5030

The Honorable Garrett Richter, District 23

32999 East Tamaimi Trail, Suite 203, Naples FL 34112

(239) 417-6205 • HYPERLINK “[email protected][email protected]

Legislative Assistant: Becky Kokkinos, Michael Nachef, Sandra Mummert

Tallahassee Office: 404 Senate Office Building, 404 South Monroe Street, Tallahassee FL 32399 • (850) 487-5023

The Honorable Dane Eagle, District 77

1039 SE 9th Place, Room 310, Cape Coral FL 33990

(239) 772-1291 • HYPERLINK “mailto:[email protected][email protected]

Legislative Assistant: Paige Biagi. District Assistant: Kelsey Gorry

Tallahassee Office: 1302 The Capitol, 402 South Monroe Street, Tallahassee FL 32399 • (850) 717-5077

The Honorable Heather Fitzenhagen, District 78 2120 Main Street, Suite 208, Fort Myers FL 33901

(239) 533-2440 • HYPERLINK “mailto:[email protected][email protected]

Legislative Assistant: Edward Metzger. District Assistant: Allison Hopkins

Tallahassee Office: 1302 The Capitol, 402 South Monroe Street, Tallahassee FL 32399 • (850) 717-5078

The Honorable Ray Rodrigues, District 76

Alico Lake Commons, 17595 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 218, Fort Myers FL 33908

(239) 433-6501 • HYPERLINK “mailto:[email protected][email protected]

Legislative Assitant: James Mullen. District Assistant: Jasmine Villanueva

Tallahassee Office: 1302 The Capitol, 402 South Monroe Street, Tallahassee FL 32399 • (850) 717-5076 Lee County Delegation Office: (239) 694-0161

T.Wayne Miller Building, 15191 Homestead Road, Lehigh Acres FL 33971

Lee County Manager: Roger Desjarlais

P.O. Box 398, Fort Myers FL 33902 • Phone: (239) 533-2221

Email: HYPERLINK “mailto:[email protected][email protected].

Lee County Board of County Commissioners

Dist. 4, Brian Hamman, Chairman

Lee County Courthouse, 2120 Main Old St., Fort Myers FL 33901 Cape Coral Office: Lee County Government Center, 1039 S.E. 9th Place, 3rd Floor, Room 309, Cape Coral FL 33990

(Mail to: P.O. Box 398, Fort Myers FL 33902-0398.) Ph: (239) 533-2226 • Email: HYPERLINK “mailto:[email protected][email protected]

Dist. 5, Frank Mann, Vice Chairman

Lee County Courthouse, 2120 Main Old St., Fort Myers FL 33901 (Mail to: P.O. Box 398, Fort Myers FL 33902-0398.) Ph: (239) 533-2225

Email: HYPERLINK “mailto:[email protected][email protected]. Executive Assistant: Chris Berry

Dist. 1, John Manning

Lee County Courthouse, 2120 Main Old St., Fort Myers FL 33901

Cape Coral Office: Lee County Government Center, 1039 S.E. 9th Place, 3rd Floor, Room 309, Cape Coral FL 33990 (Mail to: P.O. Box 398, Fort Myers FL 33902-0398.) Ph: (239) 533-2224

Email: HYPERLINK “mailto:[email protected][email protected]

Executive Assistant: Stacey Rohland

Dist. 2, Cecil Pendergrass

Lee County Courthouse, 2120 Main Old St., Fort Myers FL 33901 (Mail to: P.O. Box 398, Fort Myers FL 33902-0398.) Ph: (239) 533-2227

Email: HYPERLINK “mailto:[email protected][email protected]. Executive Assistant: Christine Deramo

Dist. 3, Larry Kiker

Lee County Courthouse, 2120 Main Old St., Fort Myers FL 33901

(Mail to: P.O. Box 398, Fort Myers FL 33902-0398.) Ph: (239) 533-2223 Email: HYPERLINK “mailto:[email protected][email protected]. Executive Assistant: Antionette Johnson

Office of Governor Rick Scott

State of Florida, The Capitol, 400 S. Monroe Street, Tallahassee FL 32399-0001

(850) 488-7146 • HYPERLINK “http://www.flgov.com/contact-gov-scott/email-the-governor”

www.flgov.com/contact-gov-scott/email-the-governor

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…………………………………..Delegation Continued

Office of Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera

State of Florida, the Capitol, 400 S. Monroe Street, Tallahassee FL 32399-0001

(850) 488-4711 • HYPERLINK “http://www.flgov.com/email-the-lt-governor” www.flgov.com/email-the-lt-governor

Florida Senate web site: HYPERLINK “http://www.flsenate.gov” www.flsenate.gov

Office of Senate President Andy Gardiner

404 S. Monroe Street, Tallahassee FL 32399-1100 • (850) 487-5229

HYPERLINK “http://www.flsenate.gov/Offices/President” www.flsenate.gov/Offices/President. Chief of Staff: Reynold Meyer

Florida House of Representatives web site: HYPERLINK http://www.myfloridahouse.gov” www.myfloridahouse.gov

Office of Speaker of the House Steve Crisafulli

402 South Monroe Street, Tallahassee FL 32399-1300

(850) 717-5051 • HYPERLINK “mailto: [email protected][email protected]

Legislative Assistant: Ashley Guinn

White House web site: HYPERLINK “http://www.whitehouse.gov” www.whitehouse.gov

Office of the President of the United States of America Barack Obama The white house, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington D.C. 20500

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United States Senate President Pro Tempore: Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt

437 Russell Senate Building, United States Senate, Washington D.C. 20510

(202) 224-4242 • HYPERLINK “http://www.leahy.senate.gov/contact” www.leahy.senate.gov/contact.

U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, (D-FL)

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Fort Myers Office: 2000 Main Street, Suite 801, Fort Myers FL 33901

Phone: (239) 334-7760 • Fax: (239) 334-7710

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, (R-FL)

284 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington D.C. 20510

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United States House of Representatives web site: HYPERLINK “http://www.house.gov” www.house.gov

U.S. House Speaker Rep. John Boehner, (R-OH –8)

Office of the Speaker, H-232, The Capitol, Washington D.C. 20515

Ph: (202) 225-0600 • (202) 225-6205 • HYPERLINK “http://www.speaker.gov/contact” www.speaker.gov/contact

U.S. Rep Tom Rooney, (R-FL –17)

Washington D.C. Office: 221 Cannon HOB, Washington D.C. 20515

(202) 225-5792 • Fax: (202) 225-3132

Punta Gorda Office: 226 Taylor Street, Suite 230, Punta Gorda FL 33950

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Contact Congressman Rooney: HYPERLINK “http://rooney.house.gov/contact” http://rooney.house.gov/contact

U.S. Rep. Curt Clawson, (R-FL-19)

Washington D.C. Office: 1123 Longworth HOB, Washington D.C. 2051. (202) 225-2536

Cape Coral District Office: 804 Nicholas Pkwy East, Suite 1, Cape Coral FL 33990

(239) 573-5837 Contact Congressman Clawson:

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