Response from one of my state representatives

Posted 13 February 2009 by

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—–Original Message—–
From: Homchick, Lacey On Behalf Of McCoy, Rep. John
Sent: Friday, February 13, 2009 9:14 AM
To: ‘’
Subject: RE: Section 901 (12) eliminates program paid with user fees


Thank you drawing this to my attention. I would first like to assure you that I am in full support of your position on these issues. Motorcycle safety is something that Washington cannot afford to go without.

I have brought up your concerns to Representative Hunter, the prime sponsor of the house bills. He will take them into consideration, and hopefully we will see some positive action on those pieces of legislation. You are absolutely correct that a self-sustaining program should not be cut, especially when it is critical to saving lives.

Thank you again for sharing your concerns with me. Feel free to contact me with any future comments or questions.



John McCoy
State Representative
38th District

—–Original Message—–
Sent: Thursday, February 12, 2009 3:12 PM
To: Sells, Rep. Mike
Cc: McCoy, Rep. John; Berkey, Sen. Jean
Subject: Section 901 (12) eliminates program paid with user fees


TO: Representative Mike Sells

CC: Representative John McCoy
Senator Jean Berkey

FROM: Mr. Robert Chapman

4404 Terrace Drive
Everett, WA 98203


PHONE: (nnn) nnn – nnnn

BILL: 1497 (Against)

SUBJECT: Section 901 (12) eliminates program paid with user fees


Rep. Sells and Rep. McCoy:

HB1497, Section 901 (12) eliminates the authority for entire motorcycle safety education program in the Department of Licensing. This program is entirely paid for with user fees. It does not take money away from schools, healthcare, highways, the environment, or prisons.

Eliminating this program will not provide more money for other state functions. Any reasonable person would recognize that eliminating the authorization for the program means you could no longer have the authority to collect these fees everyone with a motorcycle endorsement pays.

All you will do is eliminate one of the most effective programs for saving lives of this type in the US, and schools won’t see a dime.

As a person whose motorcycle safety training is a direct cause of avoiding serious injury or death in a motorcycle accident, I’m not sure what is trying to be proved with this cut. It will be penny-wise and pound-foolish. Or, to express this in a blunt manner, accidents and deaths cost money.

Keep the motorcycle safety program that is in the Department of Licensing. It saves lives using only user fees.

Yours truly,
Bob Chapman

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