ABATE of Illinois Offers Solution to Save the CRSTP

June 29, 2016

As we reported earlier the budget problems in Illinois have placed the Cycle Rider Safety Training Program at risk due to lack of funding.  ABATE of Illinois has been working in Springfield to look for a way to salvage the CRSTP.  Following communication with the Governor's office ABATE of Illinois has learned that there are two bills, one in the Senate and one in the House, that if passed the Governor will sign.  These bills are Stop Gap Funding Bills and both contain provision for at least partially funding the CRSTP.

 

We urge all concerned motorcyclists to call their State Senators and Representatives and ask them to support in the Senate SB3435 and in the House HB6591.  Phone numbers for your State Senator and State Representatives can be found at ilga.gov.  See details below from ABATE of Illinois State Coordinator Ryan Hubbard.

 

 

All,

 

 

It was brought to our attention yesterday afternoon that the Illinois Secretary of Transportation plans to shut down the Cycle Rider Safety Training Program if a budget does not pass on Wednesday, June 29th.

 

Bob and Todd jumped on this as soon as we were made aware of it. We have two bills to ask our Senators and Representatives to support, SB3435 and HB6591. There is an explanation of the text below. 

 

Additionally, today I received the following letter that is being sent to all CRSTP Instructors and Range Aides. This example is from the University of Illinois.

 

****This message is being sent to all University of Illinois Instructors and Range Aides***

 

 

It is with great sadness that I feel the need to share the news of yesterday, directed towards all four regional centers, including the University of Illinois Motorcycle Rider Program. I received a phone call yesterday, from the Illinois Department of Transportation that was a message relayed from the Secretary of Transportation.

Tomorrow, there will be one final push to pass a state budget. That budget has funding for the CRSTP and would fully fund it. However, if that budget is not passed tomorrow, IDOT has instructed us that we are to no longer carry out ANY classes. Essentially, this program will be shut down for good on July 1, 2016. Our full time staff will have 30 days continued employment in order to shut the doors and our 40+ year run will come to an end and classes will come to an abrupt end

I want to thank you all for the many fine years we have all worked together and I wish you all well in your future endeavors. If you have all have the passion that I believe you do, I would suggest contacting your local political leaders TODAY to share your frustration. Additionally, I would suggest flooding the Governor’s office with phone calls and even reach out to our friends at ABATE. Given the previous two years of our budget stalemate, I must admit that I am a bit pessimistic this budget will pass tomorrow. But, let’s all keep our fingers crossed.

Please look for an email from our office on Friday or Monday that describes the future of the MRP. Again, thank you all for your years of service and let’s hope a budgets gets passed tomorrow.

 

Call your Senator and have them vote for SB3435 ($FY16 AND FY17 APPROPRIATIONS). The following information has been pulled from SB3435, and it describes how this bill will help our rider training program. Feel free to look up the entire bill for yourself at www.ilga.gov/. When I downloaded the PDF it was 1040 pages, thanks to Legs and Paulette for dissecting this for us.

 

FOR CYCLE RIDER SAFETY 7 pg 520

Section 75. The following named sums, or so much thereof 8 as may be necessary, for the objects and purposes hereinafter 9 named, are appropriated from the Cycle Rider Safety Training 10 Fund, as authorized by Public Act 82-0649, to the Department 11 of Transportation for the administration of the Cycle Rider 12 Safety Training Program by the Division of Traffic Safety: 13

 

OPERATIONS 14

For Personal Services ...............................310,100 15

For State Contributions to State 16

Employees' Retirement System .......................141,400 17

For State Contributions to Social Security ...........23,000 18

For Group Insurance ..................................72,000 19

For Contractual Services .............................10,600 20

For Travel ............................................4,600 21

For Commodities .......................................1,000 22

For Printing ..........................................1,500 23

For Equipment .........................................1,000 24

 

FOR CYCLE RIDER SAFETY 1 pg536

Section 195. The sum of $4,600,000, or so much thereof 2 as may be necessary, is appropriated from the Cycle Rider 3 Safety Training Fund, as authorized by Public Act 82-0649, to 4 the Department of Transportation for reimbursements to State 5 and local universities and colleges for Cycle Rider Safety 6 Training Programs.

 

FOR CYCLE RIDER SAFETY 14 pg 553

Section 90. The sum of $8,252,751, or so much thereof as 15 may be necessary, and remains unexpended, less $800,000 to be 16 lapsed from the unpaid balance, at the close of business on 17 June 30, 2015, from the appropriation and reappropriation 18 heretofore made, in Article 20, Section 195 and Article 21, 19 Section 90 of Public Act 98-0681, as amended, is 20 reappropriated from the Cycle Rider Safety Training Fund to 21 the Department of Transportation for reimbursements to State 22 and local universities and colleges for Cycle Rider Safety 23 SB3435 -553- SRS099 00039 ALW 20040 b

 

Training Programs.

 

FOR CYCLE RIDER SAFETY 16 pg855

Section 175. The following named sums, or so much 17 thereof as may be necessary, for the objects and

purposes 18 hereinafter named, are appropriated from the Cycle Rider 19 Safety Training Fund, as authorized by Public Act 82-0649, to 20 the Department of Transportation for the administration of 21 the Cycle Rider Safety Training Program by the Division of 22 SB3435 -854- SRS099 00039 ALW 20040 b

 

Traffic Safety:

1 OPERATIONS 2

For Personal Services ...............................278,400 3

For State Contributions to State 4

Employees' Retirement System .......................129,400 5

For State Contributions to Social Security ...........20,600 6

For Group Insurance ..................................76,900 7

For Contractual Services .............................10,600 8

For Travel ............................................4,600 9

For Commodities .......................................1,000 10

For Printing ..........................................1,500 11

For Equipment .........................................1,000 12

Total $524,000

 

LUMP SUM AWARDS AND GRANTS 14 pg855

Section 180. The sum of $4,800,000, or so much thereof 15 as may be necessary, is appropriated from the Cycle Rider 16 Safety Training Fund, as authorized by Public Act 82-0649, to 17 the Department of Transportation for reimbursements to State 18 and local universities and colleges for Cycle Rider Safety 19 Training Programs.

 

AWARDS AND GRANTS 6 pg880

FOR CYCLE RIDER SAFETY 7 Section 80. The sum of $10,114,766, or so much thereof as 8 may be necessary, and remains unexpended at the close of 9 business on June 30, 2016, from a new appropriation 10 heretofore made for such purpose in a Public Act of the 99th 11 General Assembly and from a reappropriation heretofore made 12 for such purpose in a Public Act of the 99th General Assembly 13 which reappropriated Article 20, Section 195 and Article 21, 14 Section 90 of Public Act 98-0681, is reappropriated from the 15 Cycle Rider Safety Training Fund to the Department of 16 Transportation for reimbursements to State and local 17 universities and colleges for Cycle Rider Safety Training 18 Programs.

 

AWARDS AND GRANTS 3 pg891 FOR CYCLE RIDER SAFETY 4 Section 80. The sum of $10,114,766, or so much thereof as 5 may be necessary, is appropriated from the Cycle Rider Safety 6 Training Fund to the Department of Transportation for 7 reimbursements to State and local universities and colleges 8 for Cycle Rider Safety Training Programs.

 

Call your Representative and have them vote for HB6591 ($FY16 AND FY17 APPROPRIATIONS). I have not had a chance to get through this bill yet (PDF is 773 pages). Feel free to look up the entire bill for yourself at www.ilga.gov/. 

 

Please, make those phone calls now.

 

Ride Safe - Ride Free,

 

J. Ryan Hubbard
A.B.A.T.E. of Illinois, Inc.

State Coordinator

 

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