H5074 – House Judiciary Hearing



H5074 – House Judiciary Hearing

Aside from feeling a bit like a fish out of water at times, I think the hearing at the House Judiciary went fairly well yesterday.  We had six people testify at the hearing in favor of legislation.  The bill needs some additional crafting from lawyers, but we definitely managed to get their attention.

Once we’ve worked through the lawyers on both sides and feel we have a bill that has a chance of passing, it will be time for a letter writing campaign.  We will post a copy of the bill and be calling on everyone who supports the legislation to send a letter to one or more constituent.

Stay tuned…


  • Dennis
    Apr 4, 2009 at 8:10 am

    Vulnerable Users….

    In preparation for action on this Bill we might want to start to organize support.

    As listed in the legislation…

    Wheelchairs, bicyclist, police, fire, ambulance, construction, walkers…

    And one thing that struck hone after my visit to the House floor. Rep. Handy was very excited to introduce each of us to our own Representative. It seems that it might be effective to have each Representative in the House ( and Senate) contacted by a Voter with a personal stake in this action.

  • Apr 5, 2009 at 10:13 am

    ^Local reps should be made aware of state legislation. But, more importantly, do not hesitate to contact them when egregious changes in infrastructure threaten the bikeability of your own area.

    I spoke at a city hall open meeting against another Dunkin Donuts drive-thru that was planned for a corner where kids are picked up by bus for school, people visit a church, and this major intersection gets enough traffic, particularly bicyclists. The day before I spoke, a cyclist was hit right there by a utility truck. The zoning board denied the proposal. Area residents are keeping a close eye on this threat to public safety.