Michigan Senate approves change to mandatory helmet law

6:11 PM, Jun 28, 2011   |    comments
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- A proposal to allow some motorcycle riders to go without a helmet has been approved by the Michigan Senate.

The measure approved Tuesday by a 24-14 vote would allow riders 21 or older to go helmetless if they have been licensed to operate a motorcycle for at least two years or have passed a safety course. Motorcyclists wishing to ride without a helmet also would need some extra insurance coverage.

The measure advances to the House.

Gov. Rick Snyder hasn't said whether he'll sign the legislation if it reaches his desk.

The Legislature has passed bills to get rid of the state's mandatory motorcycle helmet law before but the measures were vetoed by then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm in 2006 and 2008.

From the Associated Press

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