In 2002 (SB1026) the motorcycle lobby team created Arizona Statute ARS 28-2010. It ‘established’ a motorcycle safety fund consisting of monies deposited from our $1 extra we pay on our motorcycle registration ($9 versus $8 for vehicles), and from any gifts, grants or other donations given. The MSFund, subject to legislative appropriations, was to be used for motorcycle safety and awareness, under the direction of the Director of the Governors Office of Highway Safety (GOHS), after consultation with the newly created State Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council. Seeing as how Arizona’s motorcycle registration was approximately 80,000 at that time, the MSFund had a ‘Cap’ of $150,000, with any additional funds reverting to the State Highway Fund. The Sunset Date for both the Fund and the Council was June 30, 2005.

In 2004 (HB2038), the team ‘revised’ the Sunset Dates, for both the Fund and the Council, to June 30, 2010.

In 2007 (HB2051), the team successfully removed the $150,000 cap and Renamed the council to Arizona State Motorcycle Advisory Council.

In 2009 (HB2133), the team ‘revised’ the Sunset Dates, for both the Fund and the Council, to June 30, 2016, which brings us to this session.

In 2016 (SB1359), MMA of Arizona is running a Legislative Bill to increase the Sunset Dates of both our Motorcycle Safety Fund, which contains $1 of each motorcycle registration, and the Arizona Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council. The current Sunset of June 30th, 2016 will be revised to be June 30, 2024. The bill passed through the Senate, and is waiting Third Read (floor vote) in the House.

We had expected it to be through the House and on to the Governor by now, but found that the Governor instructed the legislators to finalize those bills with amendments first, before he received those that didn’t. We also found out that he wants to finish the budget before hearing the last of the bills.

The MMA Lobby Team has no doubt SB1359 will pass the House Third Read. We have met with the Governors office and are now assured, that the Governor has no intentions in Vetoing it. All commissions, boards and councils that the Governor was after, are being taken care of in a House bill.

Bobbi Hartmann
MMA of AZ Legislative Researcher-Consultant, MAP
Coordinator, NCOM LTF Member

May 25, 2016    MMA News