Motorcycle Helmet Rules

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia’s Senate has voted against referring to its Health Committee a legislative proposal to let motorcyclists ride without a helmet.

The bill has been approved already by the Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. It goes next to the Judiciary Committee before a possible floor vote.

Sen. Ron Stollings, a Boone County Democrat, says repealing West Virginia’s longstanding helmet requirement has major health implications, including the cost of related care.

Sen. Mark Maynard, a Wayne County Republican, says the Health Committee referral isn’t necessary and the Judiciary Committee will fully review it.

The Senate voted down the referral 20 to 13.

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