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Swanson - ABATE Award Vest Presentation 2022 2

Rep. Dan Swanson Awarded 2022 A.B.A.T.E. Representative of the Year

Over the weekend, State Representative Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) was recognized by the A.B.A.T.E. (A Brotherhood Aimed Towards Education) Illinois Chapter as their 2022 Representative of the Year during their Freedom Rally in Springfield. Rep. Swanson, a member of the Central Illinois A.B.A.T.E. Chapter (CIA), was presented a special leather vest for the annual recognition with A.B.A.T.E. members from around the state.

The State Legislative Coordinator for A.B.A.T.E. spoke about Rep. Swanson’s support of legislation important to motorcycle enthusiasts whether they support it or oppose it. “Dan Swanson has been there with CIA (Central Illinois A.B.A.T.E.) more times than I can count,” said Josh Witkowski, the State Legislative Coordinator for A.B.A.T.E. of Illinois. “Dan has been there as a farmer for us putting up motorcycle banners on his property over the years all over the area.”

Swanson spoke on the issue concerning driverless cars and trucks on highways and the safety concerns for cyclists, pedestrians, and other motorists. He pointed out that he uses a computer guided system to plant corn at 4 to 5 miles an hour and when it gets off course, he can correct that but has big concerns about allowing vehicles traveling at 55 m.p.h. or higher and what happens when they get off course.

“House Bill 2940 allows for electric motorcycles and I supported that legislation being supported by A.B.A.T.E. Also, we actually won the two-year battle for legislation passed to lower the license plate fees back down after being raised to over 100 dollars when it went from $18 to $116 and now has been lowered as of January of this year.,” continued Swanson.

At the presentation, Rep. Swanson asked for a moment of silence to honor Knox County Deputy Nicholas D. Weist, 32, who was killed in the line of duty on Friday. Friday after attempting to set up spike strips along US 150 at 150 Avenue in Henry County when he was struck by the suspect’s vehicle.

“I appreciate the education I receive from your group on issues that come before us in the General Assembly because I know I’ll get fair information on both sides of an issue,” added Rep. Swanson. “I am proud to accept this honor and look forward to working with you to preserve the universal right to a safe, unrestricted motorcycling environment.”

***Report Courtesy of Mark A. Decker | Senior Communications Analyst; Illinois General Assembly | Office of the House Republican Leader***

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