(Neb)-Motorcycle Helmet Repeal Debate Underway
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska state senators are once again in a standoff over a bill that would repeal a law requiring motorcyclists to wear helmets. Nebraska is one of 19 states that require helmets for all riders.
Supporters of the bill sponsored by Sen. John Lowe of Kearney said in floor debate this morning that motorcyclists should have the freedom to ride without helmets and contending helmet law costs the state tourism dollars because motorcyclists avoid it.
Sen. Robert Hilkemann, a retired Omaha podiatrist leading a filibuster against the bill, said helmets help protect motorcyclists from death or serious brain injuries.
He and other conservatives who oppose the bill argued motorcycle accidents cost taxpayers who end up paying for disabled riders' health care.
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