A state senator who pushed to repeal the mandatory motorcycle helmet law claims some senators failed to fulfill their promise to end a filibuster against it.
Debate dragged on for days as the legislature considered LB31, which would repeal the requirement that adult motorcyclists wear helmets in Nebraska.
During legislative debate Monday afternoon, Sen. David Schnoor of Scribner took note of the time spent on the issue and the seemingly dug-in positions.
“It’s kind of ironic we have been here talking for, I don’t know, six or seven hours and we’re probably still at the same stage that we were where everybody as their mind made up,” Schnoor told colleagues.
Legislative debate on an effort to repeal the motorcycle helmet law ranged from the emotional to the analytical. Opponents of repeal wove tales of injury and death. Supporters spoke of personal freedom. Then, there were the competing studies.
Sen. Dave Bloomfield of Hoskins told colleagues as the debate neared the minimum eight hours needed to move for cloture, or an end to debate, that some senators who said they would vote to end the filibuster backed out.
“I’m tired of playing this game,” Bloomfield stated during floor debate. “I’ve lost a lot of faith in a lot of people I used to trust in this body.”
Afterward, Bloomfield spoke with reporters. When asked about his comment on the floor, Bloomfield said some senators who had assured him of their support failed to follow through.
“Yes, that moves my faith a little bit the other direction,” Bloomfield said.
The Unicameral voted 24-18-4 to end debate, nine votes short of the 33 needed to end the filibuster and go to a vote.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]