Today SF478, the ABATE of MN supported bill that streamlines the process to acquire a handicap license plate for a motorcycle, passed the Minnesota Senate Transportation Committee unanimously and was sent directly to the Senate floor for approval at a later time. This important piece of legislation will lift the burden of subjective approval for a second handicap plate on a motorcycle.
In testimony and with ABATE’s letter of support, it was clear to committee members that motorcyclists make up a larger percentage of veterans than the general population in Minnesota. Many of these folks have serious injuries that inhibit mobility but have no effect on the operation of motor vehicles or motorcycles. And with the tremendous advances in prosthetics, many activities, including motorcycling, are accessible to more and more people who are physically challenged. ABATE of Minnesota is in favor of SF478 and thanks Senator DeKruif for sponsoring and Chairman Gimse for bringing this before the Minnesota Senate Transportation Committee. Action in the Minnesota House is expected soon.