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a STATE SENATE
(think Albany, NY) and a US SENATE
(think Washington). We also have
while WASHINGTON has CONGRESS.
# 1 - Never mix up what Bill
comes from where! Is it a New
York State Bill? Senate?
Assembly? A Federal Bill?
Lets Start with Bills
A Bill is a document that began
as an idea for a law. The Bill
must pass the Senate and the
Assembly. Then the Bill is
signed or vetoed by the
What Are We Going to Do About
A motorcycle friendly Bill need
letters, phone calls, and
personal visits for support. A
motorcycle "unfriendly" Bill
calls, personal visits and needs
to be watched very closely.
is a lot easier to stop a Bill
that to rewrite a law.
ABATE State Legislative Officer
will tell you when to write. Go
to state meetings and listen. If
you would like more details call
the State Legislation Officer or
District Legislation Officer and
ask. The ABATE State Newsletter
will have officers phone
numbers. You will need to put
the information in your chapter
newsletter, talk to your chapter
members at meetings, and don't
stop there, talk to family and
friends. See who is interested.
Now would be a good time to
to Write to and What to Say
Almost always you will be
contacting the Senator and
Assemblymen that handle your
county. The only time you are
going to write to someone out of
your county is when the Bill is
in committee. When the bill is
in committee you can write to
the members of the committee
with your views and information.
Many members of legislation have
to vote on things that they know
little about. That is why they
need to know about your personal
experiences and how the Bill
will affect your life.
the Bills Has Passed the
Senate and Assembly
When a Bill is ready for the
Governor to take action on it,
there is a delay as each Bill is
taken as they pass. Read Senator
comments on the process.
10 details about the State
Who is in Charge
The New York State Senate
and Assembly are not run the
same way. I guess they want to
keep us confused! So here is the
"Who is Who?" in