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Helmet option bill receives tentative OK in Md. Senate

April 08, 2004

ANNAPOLIS - A Washington County senator's bill to partially repeal the state's motorcycle helmet law was tentatively approved Wednesday by the Senate.

If it passes the Senate today, it would be the furthest that supporters of the repeal have gotten since the law was passed in 1992.

Sen. John J. Hafer, R-Garrett/Allegany/Washington, sponsored the bill, which would allow riders over 21 to decide whether to wear a helmet.

Sen. Alex X. Mooney, R-Frederick/Washington, defended the bill on the Senate floor Wednesday on behalf of the Judicial Proceedings Committee.

He fought off several attempts to make changes that would have made the bill more difficult to pass.

The Senate tentatively approved the bill 25-20. A final vote is expected today. If the Senate approves it, the bill would go to the House for action before the session ends Monday.

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