American Motorcyclist June 2018
The state’s anti-profiling bill (A.B. 2972), which would prohibit law enforcement officers from stopping and questioning motorcyclists based on their choice of vehicle or clothing, cleared the policy committee on a 5-2 vote. However, the measure met opposition on the Assembly floor, resulting in a 28-24 vote against the bill.
Assemblymember Anna Caballero (D-Salinas), who introduced the bill, requested reconsideration, which means the bill may be voted on again before the June 1 deadline.
Also, A.B. 2761, introduced by Assemblymember Jay Obernolte (R-Big Bear Lake), would authorize the driver of a vehicle facing a traffic-actuated signal that fails to turn green within a reasonable period of time to proceed with caution when it is safe to do so, after having stopped at the intersection. Similar legislation has been adopted in 16 states.
Driving requirements for autocycles change July 1, allowing residents to operate these vehicles with a valid state driver’s license.
According to the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, an autocycle is “a three-wheel motorcycle that has a steering wheel and seating that does not require the operator to straddle or sit astride it.”
The autocycle definition has been adopted for three-wheeled vehicles such as the Polaris Slingshot. State residents no longer have to obtain a motorcycle endorsement to drive them in Nebraska. State Sen. Jim Smith, who sponsored the legislation, said the change helps broaden the market for the vehicles and “makes it easier for the small businesses who sell them to expand and create jobs.”
S.B. 606 passed the General Assembly and is expected to be signed by the governor. The bill creates an Off-Highway Recreational Vehicle Trail Fund to maintain and build trails for off-highway recreational vehicles.
The bill was sponsored by state Sen. George C. Edwards (R-Cumberland). Revenue will come from the existing excise tax on certificates of title issued for off-highway recreational vehicles.