Florida's Leather Lobby

They roll into the Capital each year, 500 well organized bikers. These folks are bankers, lawyers and realtors. They honor their comrades who died the previous year and they came here to protect their rights.

"I love what I do," said Vicki Floyd, a nurse from Sebring. "This is my life."

It took the bikers almost a decade to abolish a mandatory helmet law and each year they have to fight to keep it that way. This is the twelfth consecutive year these bikers have come to the capitol and each year they surprise people with their political prowess.

This year the big fight is over whether motorcyclists should have to carry more insurance then auto drivers. Their lone lobbyist says not a chance.

"We elect them and the last time I checked in the constitution and the declaration of independence it said ‘‘all men are created equal," said organizer Doc Reichenbach. "That doesn’t mean ‘except motorcyclists,’"

State Senator Nancy Argenziano (R) is the biker’s favorite legislator.

"They’re the first to go out and give blood when needed," says the Citrus County senator. "You can count on a lot of these people."

Some come for the politics, others just to make heads turn as they roam the Capitol for a day. Most of the bikers have gone home now, but they have a lobbyist in the Capitol for the remainder of the legislative session.


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