New Mexico Update

Santa Fe, NM; (MCNW) New Mexico state Senator Allen Hurt (R-Waterflow) has informed the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) that he will withdraw Senate Bill 239, which could have forced some motorcyclists to become organ donors.

AMA leadership learned of Senator Hurt’s intentions this afternoon in a message which read, in part, "You win ... I’m pulling New Mexico SB 239." Late on January 30, 2003, the AMA had expressed its outrage at SB 239, which, if it had passed, would have allowed the harvesting of organs from any motorcyclist who didn't wear a helmet and was declared brain dead as a result of an accident.

"This victory demonstrates how powerful our voice can be when American motorcyclists speak together," said Sean Maher, AMA Director of State Affairs. "When New Mexico state officials received more than 1,100 e-mails opposing SB 239, they got the message, and Senator Hurt acted quickly to withdraw his proposal."

The AMA organized opposition to the bill, urging motorcyclists to use the AMA Rapid Response Center - part of the Association’s website, - to send a message to Hurt and the New Mexico Legislature’s leadership.

Congratulations AMA!
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