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Volume 38 January/February 2019 Issue 1

ABATE of FLORIDA, Inc.ABATE of FLORIDA, Inc.An Important Link Between Us AllAn Important Link Between Us All

MEMBER OF NCOM

Dedicated to Freedom of the Road Let Those Who Ride Decide

MEMBER OF MRF

NEXT STATE MEETING February 9, 2019, Ocala, FLHosted by Forest Chapter

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ABATE OF FLORIDA IS A MEMBER OF NCOM

110 Offices Throughout North America Free Legal Consultation No Recovery = No Fee We Make House Calls ATTORNEYS in Every State and Province who Ride No Fee on Motorcycle Damage Recovery Also Auto Accidents

Not Just ONE AttorneyThe AIM Team to Help YOU

Law Offices of RICHARD M. LESTER Founder, Aid to Injured Motorcyclists

24 Hours - Toll Free (800) 531-2424

(800) ON-A-BIKE

Visit us on the web at www.onabike.comAIM 3215-A

ATTENTION ABATE OF FLORIDA MEMBERS: Our nationwide network of A.I.M. Attorneys donate a significant portion of their legal fees from motorcycle accident settlements back into motorcycling by being the sole financial sponsor of the National Coalition of Motorcyclists.

Check us out! Ask us to send you free written information about our qualifications and experience. Hiring a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely upon advertisements. Also ask the next biker you see about us. IPHONE/ANDROID USERS

SCAN TO DOWNLOAD OUR NEW SMARTPHONE APP

Affiliated Florida Offices to Serve You

The submission deadline for all materialintended for publication in the Masterlink is the

bi-monthly State meetings.

DISCLAIMERMasterlink is the official publication of ABATE ofFlorida, Inc. and accepts no responsibility for the

comments or opinions contained in this publication.

ABATE OF FLORIDA, INC. DOES NOT CONDONE DRINKING AND RIDING.DONATIONS TO ABATE OF FLORIDA, INC. ARE NOT DEDUCTIBLE

FOR FEDERAL INCOME TAX PURPOSES. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE

OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL,

OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. WWW.800HELPFLA.COM 1-800-435-7352

EDITORIAL GUIDELINESYou are encouraged to submit letters about ABATE related

events, stories, articles, photographs, poems, commentaries etc.

All items become the property of ABATE of Florida, Inc.Please make items print ready. Leave at least 1/2 border on all sides.

Please do not submit slanderous or accusing letters, profanity or nudity.

ABATE of FLORIDA INC. will not accept any advertising thatdiscriminates against any type of motorcyclist.

AMERICAN BIKERS AIMING TOWARD EDUCATIONA BROTHERHOOD AGAINST TOTALITARIAN ENACTMENTS

ADVERTISING RATES (PER ISSUE)Full page $79.87 Quarter Page $33.44

Half page $53.25 Business Card $16.05All rates show sales tax.

Those that advertise for one consecutive year inthe Masterlink (6 issues) will receive one

advertisement of equal value FREE.Full payment must accompany ad copy and form. All ads must

be camera ready. Advertisers will receive one copy of eachissue of Masterlink in which their advertisement appears.

Non-ABATE event flyers are subject to Masterlinks advertising rates.As a courtesy there is no charge for benefit flyers.

Non-ABATE flyers are subject to space availability.

ABATE of Florida, Inc. reserves the right to accept or rejectany advertiser at the discretion of the State Board of Directors.

GOALS AND PURPOSES OF ABATE To print a newsletter to keep all bikers informed with

regard to legislative actions and events around thestate and throughout the country

To become a powerful and viable political force inlegislative matters concerning all motorcyclists rights

To provide a lobbyist to represent ABATE OFFLORIDA, INC. on the state and national level

To promote voter registration and motivate membersto write their legislators

To promote safe riding habits without infringing onindividual rights

To educate the public about motorcycle awareness

IDENTIFICATION STATEMENTThe Masterlink is the state publication of ABATE of Florida, Inc.

Published bi-monthly (six times a year).ABATE of Florida, Inc.

PO Box 2520DeLand, Florida 32721-2520

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STATE MEETINGS 2019 February 9, 2019 Forest April 14, 2019 Tallahassee June 8, 2019 Vintage August 10, 2019 Southeast October 12, 2019 Gulf Coast December 14, 2019 Ocala

NEXT STATE MEETINGSaturday, February 9, 2019 - Ocala, FL

Hosted by Forest Chapter

SUBMISSION DEADLINEFlyers for chapter and benefit events taking place

during the months of Mar/Apr 2019 must be to the Masterlink Editor by the Feb 2019 State Meeting.

Be sure to provide a copy of all such flyers to each of the STATE BOD and the State Office Manager.

Thank you!

WEB SITES of INTERESTwww.hsmv.state.fl.us/www.leg.state.fl.us/

http://ama-cycle.org/legisltn/statewatch/fl.htmlwww.bikernet.comwww.aimncom.com

If you find a website that would be of interest to your fellow members please forward it to the Masterlink

ABATE of Florida Accomplishments:ABATE was the driving force behind the changes in Floridas

Helmet Law. Florida Motorcyclists, over the age of 21 and who carry at least $10,000 medical insurance coverage now enjoy the

Freedom to Choose whether to wear a helmet or not.

ABATE has developed & copyrighted The Motorcycle Safety & Awareness Program (MSAP). The program is

presented to non-motorcyclists to educate them on how to safely share the road with motorcycles. It is taught in local schools & to civic

organizations at no charge in the hope of reducing motorcycle accidents and deaths through education, not legislation.

ABATE has gained a positive and respected position in

Tallahassee. Because of our Lobbyist and Legislative efforts,State Representatives are aware of ABATE members and

our vigilant quest.

ABATE reminds travelers everyday to Look Twice Save a Life, Motorcycles are everywhere through our billboard campaign.

TABLE OF CONTENTSPRESIDENTS LETTER................................................... 4

STATE BOARD OF DIRECTORS....................................5

MINUTES......................................................................6-9

ARTICLE: Profiling Resolution Pass in Senate..............10

FEBRUARY STATE MEETING FLYER.........................11

TALLAHASSEE FLYER................................................12

LEGISLATIVE INFO................................................13-15

ARTICLE: Laws designed to curb cellphone use...........16

CHAPTER/EVENT FLYERS.........................................17

CHAPTER INFO.......................................................18-19

AD ORDER FORM/ADVERTISING RATES...............20

MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION.....................................21

RIFLE DRAWING..........................................................22

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From the Desk of the PresidentThe December state meeting is now in the history books and I want to thank all the delegates who showed up and participated in the meeting. To the chapters who met Lake Countys challenge, the organization appreciates everyone who contributed to the cause. The drawing was also a big success so we will do it again starting in February for a December 2019 drawing.

Our traffic penalties bill in the House already has a bill number and today the Senate bill was placed in bill drafting and we should have a number shortly. Our request for safety money has been introduced and that means we are on our way for another session.

I have something to say about Abate of Florida, Inc. as far as what is really important. This is a motorcycle rights organization and all chapters are part of the whole. It seems we have been getting a few prima donnas in the chapters who think they run the chapters by their web sites. I want to remind you that a web site is a tool for information and does not decide how you do business and is not someone's personal property.

The next state meeting will be in Ocala hosted by Forest Chapter and then in April we ride to Tallahassee. Everyone needs to make plans to go on the ride to the Capitol. We have a new Governor and many new members of the legislature therefore we need to remind them who we are and what we stand for.

In less than two weeks it will be Christmas with the New Year coming in a week later. I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!! Ride Safe and Free!!!

Doc

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STATE OFFICEABATE of Florida, Inc.PO Box 2520DeLand, FL 32721-2520(386) 943-9610Fax: (850) 361-1118flabatestateoffice@bellsouth.net

STATE OFFICE ANNEXABATE of Florida, Inc.PO Box 2520DeLand, FL 32721-2520(386) 943-9610Fax: (850) 361-1118flabate@bellsouth.net

PRESIDENTJames Doc ReichenbachPO Box 712Silver Springs, FL 34489(352) 625-6353Fax: (352) 625-6353flabatestatepresident@gmail.com

VICE PRESIDENTDarrin "Scribe" BrooksPO Box 2520DeLand, FL 32721-2520(239) 398-7145Fax: (850) 361-1118flabatestatevp@gma