Representative Doug Green (R-Mt. Orab) has received the 2013 Legislator of the Year Award from the American Bikers Aimed Toward Education of Ohio.
The award was presented at the organization’s annual state seminar and awards banquet Feb. 1.
ABATE is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving the rights, improving the image, and promoting safe operating practice’s of Ohio motorcyclists.
Denny Wichert, a Clermont County resident and the Regional 5 Deputy Director of Abate, brought a safety concern which was the impetus for House Bill 406.
“As a legislator, one of the best parts of my job is the opportunity it gives me to work with my constituents and with organizations like ABATE,” said Green. “It is an honor and a privilege to receive this recognition by ABATE.”
Green, who introduced HB 406, is meticulously working with ABATE and Representative Al Landis (R-Dover) to create the motorcycle road guard certification program and training program to allow certified individuals to function as traffic controllers. It will permit a person who holds a motorcycle road guard certificate to stop and hold vehicles in place until it is safe for the vehicles to proceed, when certain requirements are met.
“We as an organization support HB 406 because we believe this legislation will provide training that will promote safe operating practices in Ohio,” said Scott Wood, the Government Relations Director of ABATE of Ohio, Inc. “This bill is also beneficial to Ohio motorcyclists because it ensures that we can be financially responsible while preforming road guarding tasks.”
In addition to Representative Green being recognized as the 2013 Legislator of the Year, Landis was also recognized for his work on HB 406. The bill is assigned to the Transportation, Public Safety, and Homeland Security Committee and will hear sponsor testimony in the near future.
Green represents the 66th House District which includes Brown County and parts of Clermont County.