IRVINE, Calif., April 30, 2012 – To thank California Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack for spearheading the effort to stop the ban on youth ATVs and dirt bikes, the Motorcycle Industry Council presented her today with the Chairman's Award for Outstanding Support of Youth Off-Highway Vehicle Riders.
"The powersports industry is fortunate to have champions like Representative Bono Mack on Capitol Hill," said MIC Chairman Larry Little, who is also the vice president and general manager of the motorcycle group for Marketplace Events. "The Chairman's Awards are given to acknowledge significant contributions to the powersports industry. She certainly qualifies as she and her staff were relentless in their efforts to correct the unintended consequences of CPSIA."
For more than two years, the powersports industry was banned from selling youth-sized ATVs and motorcycles because they were unintentionally included in comprehensive legislation known as the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). As a result, youth off-highway vehicles were banned by a law intended to protect children from harmful lead content in toys.
"Fortunately, Representative Bono Mack assumed chairmanship of the Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee at the right time to head up the effort to exclude youth off-highway vehicles from the lead provisions of CPSIA," Little said. "As a result of her determination, and ability to work with colleagues from both sides of the aisle, youth ATVs and motorcycles are no longer banned."
The awards presentation took place at Southern California's Coyne Powersports, located in the state's 45th Congressional District, which is represented by Bono Mack. She was first elected in 1998 and is currently serving her eighth term. She became the 42nd recipient of the MIC Chairman's Award for sponsoring the bill that excluded youth model dirt bikes and ATVs from the lead ban law.
"I am very grateful to receive the prestigious Chairman's Award from the Motorcycle Industry Council," said Congresswoman Bono Mack. "To be recognized by an organization that shares my passion for making 'Made in America' matter again is truly an honor. The bipartisan CPSIA Reform bill would not have been possible without the cooperation and support of groups such as the MIC, and I am especially grateful for the role they played in this important process. I'd like to thank Chairman Larry Little and everyone at the MIC for their unwavering support and hard work. I'd also like to thank Coyne Powersports and their employees for hosting today's event. It is gratifying to know that this legislation will help manufacturers and local businesses, such as Coyne Powersports, contribute to our economic growth and job creation. These businesses play a critical role in our communities and we must continue to do all we can to support them."
The Motorcycle Industry Council exists to preserve, protect and promote motorcycling through government relations, communications and media relations, statistics and research, aftermarket programs, development of data communications standards, and activities surrounding technical and regulatory issues. As a not-for-profit, national industry association, the MIC seeks to support motorcyclists by representing manufacturers and distributors of motorcycles, scooters, motorcycle/ATV/ROV parts and accessories, and members of allied trades such as insurance, finance and investment companies, media companies and consultants.
The MIC is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., with a government relations office in metropolitan Washington, D.C. First called the MIC in 1970, the organization has been in operation since 1914. Visit the MIC at www.mic.org.
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