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The one-year anniversary of the signing of legislation that allowed the continued sale of kids’ dirtbikes and all-terrain vehicles is fast approaching. A couple of our legislative friends on Capitol Hill gave a celebratory shout out before they split town for the August recess.  

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.) submitted statements to be inserted into the Congressional Record on Aug. 2.

    Klobucher stated for the Congressional Record: “Mr./Madame President, few states appreciate the importance of outdoor recreation the way we do in Minnesota—whether it’s cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, fishing, hiking or off-roading, these activities are more than just hobbies for us—they are a way of life and they are woven into the fabric of our economy. That is why today I rise to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the passage of the lead standard exemptions for youth all-terrain vehicles.
“Minnesota is home to many strong recreational product manufacturers that provide jobs and have helped move our economy forward during these difficult times. Our economy doesn’t hinge on churning money around Wall Street, it hinges on building things and the motorcycle and all-terrain vehicle industry is a shining example of that. This industry is not just about recreation—it’s about jobs, it’s about manufacturing, and it’s about preserving a key part of our culture and economy.
“I supported the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act when it passed in 2008 because it addressed serious safety concerns about lead in children’s toys. But when we have legislation as detailed and sweeping as the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, certain adjustments and clarifications sometimes need to be made, as we saw with the lead limits for youth all-terrain vehicles. Simply put, children’s off-road vehicles were never supposed to be subject to requirements in the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act.    “The law was designed to protect our kids, but by banning youth-sized all-terrain vehicles children were put at risk because they started riding oversized adult vehicles that don’t take the same considerations as a model meant to accommodate children. Once it became clear that the Consumer Product Safety Commission was going to hold youth all-terrain vehicles to the new lead requirements, I began working to find a solution to the problem.
     “That is why I pushed to pass the amendments to the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act last year to exempt youth all-terrain vehicles from lead standards. August 12th will be the one-year anniversary of enactment of these amendments to Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act into law.
     “I would like to commemorate the one year anniversary of passage of these amendments to Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act that help protect our children and ensure they enjoy the outdoors for many years to come.”.

    Rehberg said for the Congressional Record: “Mr. Speaker, I rise today in honor of the upcoming one-year anniversary of the Kids Just Want to Ride Act being signed into law. This bill, which I authored to end enforcement of an overreaching prohibition of lead in youth-sized ATVs, motorcycles and snowmobiles, was added to a larger piece of legislation that was signed into law on August 12th, 2011.
    “When Congress passed a law banning lead from children’s toys, no one thought that those enforcing the law would expand the definition of ‘toy’ to include youth-size ATVs, motorcycles and snowmobiles.  But over the strong protests of riders and their advocates, Washington bureaucrats forced youth-sized ATVs and motorcycles to be pulled off showroom floors. All this did was force our kids to ride more dangerous adult-sized vehicles, putting them at extreme risk.
    “This just didn’t make sense.  I authored the Kids Just Want to Ride Act so that this issue would be solved legislatively once and for all, but I didn’t do it on my own. An amazing community of youth riders, their parents, and those who love youth racing and recreational activities backed me up with letters, phone calls, and visits to Washington, D.C., to rally for the bill. I was honored to be included in the riding community and continue to be impressed by their love for sport and for their fellow riders.
    “Mr. Speaker, I am again honored to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Kids Just Want to Ride Act, and thank you for the opportunity to celebrate the amazing American riding community that rallied behind it.”

This passage of the legislation by Congress, and it’s signing by the President, was a monumental victory for the riding community and all the young riders who got involved. How have you and your family celebrated this victory over the past year? Submit your stories to submissions@ama-cycle.org.
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