Michigan House passes repeal of helmet law

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Michigan’s House has passed a bill repealing the state’s helmet law for adults, but the governor may not sign it unless the state’s Legislature passes insurance reforms as well.

Gov. Rick Snyder earlier this year said he would consider changing the helmet law as part of a broader effort to reform Michigan's no-fault auto insurance law. Discussions about no-fault reform are under way in the House and the Senate, according to the Detroit News.

According to Ari Adler, spokesman for House Speaker Jase Bolger, R-Marshall, the House amended a bill that was passed by the Senate by reducing the amount of medical insurance motorcycle owners must have from $100,000 in medical coverage to $20,000. The bill now heads back to the Senate for approval.

The law would apply to riders 21 and older and would also require motorcyclists to have had a motorcycle endorsement on his or her driver's or chauffeur's license for at least two years, or to have passed a motorcycle safety class.

Posted by Holly Wagner

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