(Neb)-Filibuster Kills Helmet Repeal Bill
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - For the second year in a row, a filibuster has killed a bill repealing Nebraska's mandatory motorcycle helmet law. A vote Wednesday to invoke cloture, end the filibuster, and force a vote was 30-15, but supporters needed 33 yes votes.
Backers of repeal argued personal freedom and that the law costs the state money because many motorcycle riders bypass the state because of it.
Supporters of the requirement emphasized it as a safety issue that also has an economic impact because of health care costs, lost wages, and lost productivity from riders who suffer traumatic brain injuries in helmet-less accidents.
Nebraska is one of 19 states that require all motorcycle riders to wear helmets. Another 28 allow some riders to go helmetless, and the failed repeal bill would have waived them for riders over 21 as long as they were wearing goggles or other eye protection. It also banned all children 6-and-under from being on a motorcycle.
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