TX State Rep Victoria Neave Dist. 107 (Mesquite Area)
Phone: (512) 463-0244 (512) 463-9967 Fax • District Phone: (972) 288-9438
CALL TO ACTION
Late Friday evening, January 12, 2019, we learned that a bill was filed to repeal the current sections of Texas Transportation Code addressing helmet requirements. Specifically, this bill would repeal all exceptions allowing a rider to not wear a helmet. If passed, this would return Texas, a state known for personal freedoms and accountability, back to a mandatory helmet use state. It would be a Class C Misdemeanor to operate your motorcycle without a helmet.
How can you prevent this from happening? 1. Contact Representative Victoria Neave’s (District 107/Dallas County ) office and express your disapproval in a clear, deliberate, and precise manner. A link to her contact information is listed here and below.
https://www.txdirectory.com/online/person/? id=56276&office=16847 • Capitol Phone: (512) 463-0244 (512) 463-9967 Fax • District Phone: (972) 288-9438
2. Contact your local representative and let them know that, as their constituent, you stand firmly against this assault on adult personal choice and accountability. The link to find your representative’s contact information can be found here and below.
3. Contact our new Speaker of the House, Dennis Bonnen’s office and let him know that you stand firmly against this assault on adult personal choice and accountability. As a freshman, he supported our current helmet law as written. His information can be found here and below.
4. Share the posts, Show up, and Seal the deal. This has to be a grassroots movement which requires a social media presence, phone calls, and email/fax campaign. Many hands make light work.
5. Finally, and most important, show up. It cannot be expressed any simpler than that. Show up on January 28, 2019 for Texas Biker Legislative Day. Be seen. Show up to Representative Neave’s office and politely but firmly express your dissent. Show up to your representative’s office and politely but firmly express your dissent. If you live in Dallas County, show up to her office and politely but firmly express your dissent. Regardless of any misguided or emotional motivations presented by Rep. Neaves,
Texas motorcyclists will not stand by while personal liberties are threatened. We need to stand up, be seen, be heard, and put this attempt to bed.
Texas Confederation of Clubs & Independents
Current language as written in the Transportation code:
WEARING PROTECTIVE HEADGEAR. (c-1) A peace officer may not stop or detain a person who is the operator of or a passenger on a motorcycle for the sole purpose of determining whether the person has successfully completed the motorcycle operator training and safety course or is covered by a health insurance plan. (c-2)
The Texas Department of Insurance shall prescribe a standard proof of health insurance for issuance to persons who are at least 21 years of age and covered by a health insurance plan described by Subsection (c). (i) In this section, "health insurance plan" means an individual, group, blanket, or franchise insurance policy, insurance agreement, evidence of coverage, group hospital services contract, health maintenance organization membership, or employee benefit plan that provides benefits for health care services or for medical or surgical expenses incurred as a result of an accident.
(Proposed/ filed): Neave H.B. No. 748
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT relating to certain criminal offenses involving protective headgear requirements for motorcycle operators and passengers. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: SECTION 1. Sections 661.003(c), (c-1), (c-2), and (i), Transportation Code, are repealed. SECTION 2.
The change in law made by this Act applies only to an offense committed on or after the effective date of this Act. An offense committed before the effective date of his Act is covered by the law in effect when the offense was committed, and the former law is continued in effect for that purpose. For purposes of this section, an offense was committed before the effective date of this Act if any element of the offense occurred before that date. SECTION 3. This Act takes effect September 1, 2019.
Any Questions Contact Butch "Popeye" Moss Region 2 Commander