The first step towards a law prohibiting motorcycle profiling at the national level was introduced in the US House of Representatives on July 13, 2016 and referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary the same day. House Resolution 831 promotes public awareness of motorcycle profiling at a national level and urges state law enforcement officials [in all 50 states] to condemn “motorcycle profiling in written policies and training materials.” Although resolutions are non-binding, H. Res. 831 makes motorcycle profiling a national discussion and directs states to condemn the practice. This policy directive to all 50 states will greatly assist the efforts in any state pursuing anti-motorcycle profiling and discrimination legislation.
Res. 831 is a direct result of the collaborative efforts of the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF), the National Council of Clubs (NCOC), the Motorcycle Profiling Project (MPP), and the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM). The MRF has taken the lead with feet on the ground in DC demonstrating the value of an established lobbying infrastructure in our nation’s Capitol. The Motorcycle Profiling Project is primarily responsible for policy research, consultation, and substantive analysis. The NCOC is focused on media and public relations at the grassroots and national level. Finally, NCOM has endorsed the unified effort to pass legislation addressing motorcycle profiling at the national level.
Res. 831 represents the first time that these organizations have explicitly collaborated on a federal initiative. In terms of discrimination, motorcyclists, motorcycle rights organizations and motorcycle clubs have far more in common than differences.
Every motorcyclist concerned about the issue should contact their US House of Representatives urging them to co-sponsor and or support H. Res. 831.
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