April 21, 1998
House Passes HR 2691

April 21st ... Washington, DC. Today the House of Representatives under
suspension of rules took up and passed by voice vote HR 2691, the National
Highway Safety Administration Reauthorization Act of 1998. Offered by
Congressman Bliley (R-VA), this bill contains language that will limit the
ability of NHTSA to lobby at the state level. That language is as follows:

SEC.3 Restrictions on Lobbying Activities.
Subchapter I of Chapter 301 of title 49, United States Code,
is amended by adding at the end the following:

§ 30105. Restriction on lobbying activities
No funds appropriated to the Secretary pursuant to
section30104 or 32102 may be available for any activity
specifically designed to urge a State or local legislator to
favor or oppose the adoption of any specific legislative proposal
pending before any State or local legislature.

At this time there is no companion bill on the Senate side to match this
legislation. The MRF feels this could not have come at a better time given
the House and Senate are currently conferencing the differences between the
Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act II (ISTEA II - S 1173) and
Building Efficient Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (BESTEA - HR
2400). Passage of HR 2691 will add strength to the language proposed in
ISTEA II and make a statement that the House considers this a relevant
issue necessary for inclusion into the conference discussions.

Steve Zimmer of the MRF stated, "The vote on HR 2691 sends a strong message
that the House is concerned about the use of federal tax dollars being used
by NHTSA to lobby at State legislatures around the country. Motorcyclistsâ
Rihgts activists should not be forced to fight their own tax dollars at
their state capitols." The stage is set for the Senate to take action on
this free standing bill.

For further information contact Steve Zimmer at 202-546-0983 or by Email at

Motorcycle Riders Foundation
PO BOX 1808
Washington, DC 20013-1808
202-546-0983 (voice)
202-546-0986 (fax) (e-mail) (website)

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