State lawmakers return to the Capitol to continue their debate on whether to repeal the state motorcycle helmet law.
Sen. Dave Bloomfield of Hoskins sponsors LB 31to repeal the mandatory motorcycle helmet law.
Bloomfield tells colleagues not to let fear guide their vote.
“This is an infringement on individual rights and we should do away with it,” according to Bloomfield.
LB 31 would repeal the state mandate that motorcyclists must wear helmets. The mandate would stay in effect for those under 21 years old.
Bloomfield and supporters of the repeal say the motorcyclist, not the state, should decide whether to wear a helmet. They couch the issue as a matter of personal freedom.
Opponents, though, say lifting the requirement would lead to additional injuries or even death.
“You vote for the repeal of this and I’m telling you, you might as well have blood on your hands, because people are going to die,” Garrett tells colleagues during floor debate.
Opponents have mounted a filibuster against the bill. An effort to shelve the bill for the session fell four votes shy of the total needed. Debate will resume Friday morning.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:35]