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(Neb)-Motorcycle Helmet Repeal Dead For The Year

By: John Axtell Posted at: 03/14/2017 03:29 PM
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -  Nebraska motorcyclists will have to keep wearing helmets for at least another year as supporters of a bill to repeal the state's mandatory helmet bill failed this morning to overcome a filibuster. The bill isn't dead, but won't be debated again until next year.
     Supporters of the effort to repeal the state's helmet law failed to overcome a filibuster Tuesday. The bill would have removed a helmet requirement for riders older than 21 and prohibited children age 6 or younger from being passengers on motorcycles.
     Sen. Robert Hilkemann, a retired Omaha podiatrist, led the filibuster. He says repealing the helmet law would result in more deaths and serious brain injuries as well as Nebraska taxpayers ending up paying for health care for injured motorcyclists.
     Sponsor Sen. John Lowe of Kearney and other supporters argued wearing a helmet is a matter of personal freedom and adults should be able to make that choice, the same argument that's been made during repeated repeal efforts over the past 3 decades.


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