Sunday January 19, 2020
The Virginia Coalition of Motorcyclists (VCOM) and Tom McGrath’s Motorcycle Law Group invite all interested motorcyclists to attend this year’s Motorcycle Lobby Day Meeting. This year it will be held on Sunday, January 19, 2020. Beginning at 1:00 p.m., Virginia Coalition of Motorcyclists lobbyists will lead an informational meeting at the Holiday Inn Richmond Downtown, located at 201 East Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23219 At this meeting we will discuss this year’s legislation affecting motorcyclists. We will also give pointers on how to talk to your legislators about these important issues we face. Later that evening, attendees will enjoy a free dinner. The following morning, Monday the 20th, we will leave the hotel at 8:00 a.m. sharp for our annual trip to the Capitol. The 20th is a holiday, so many people will be off work. After lobbying our legislators, we will head to Penny Lane Pub where The Motorcycle Law Group will provide lunch to all who attended as a thank you for coming to support Virginia motorcyclists.
This year we intend to pursue two legislative initiatives that came out of this year’s Motorcycle Legislative Roundtable. One bill will clarify that it is illegal to blow grass onto the roadway. Grass on the roadway can be a hazard to motorists, especially motorcyclists. The other piece of legislation will seek to change the law in order to allow motorcyclists options when traffic is backed up or stopped. Two states currently allow some form of lane filtering / splitting. VCOM is currently working on the precise language of the bill and will provide it prior to the meeting.
We often find ourselves on the defensive end of legislation. VCOM lobbyists keep watch for bills which negatively affect motorcycling as well. As these bills are filed we will identify them so that we can discuss them at Lobby Day and convince legislators to oppose them.
I encourage everyone who can to join us. It is a lot of fun, it is educational, and most importantly it shows the legislators that motorcyclists are a significant and active portion of the electorate.
For more information you may call VCOM at (804) 353-3971. For Room Reservations call (804) 788-1600. Make sure to ask for the VCOM Lobby Day rate. We hope to see you at Lobby Day.