A bill to repeal the state motorcycle helmet law comes before lawmakers once again.
And, once again, faces a filibuster.
Sen. Dave Bloomfield of Hoskins makes his third attempt to repeal the mandatory motorcycle helmet law.
“This is not a new issue, but I think LB 900 is a fresh, new approach to the issue,” Bloomfield tells colleagues in his opening remarks on the bill.
LB 900 would allow motorcyclists 21 and older to ride without a helmet and would ban kids under eight from riding on a public road.
New to the bill is the creation of the Brain Injury Trust Board, which would replace the Health Advisory Board within the Department of Motor Vehicles. The nine-member board would be appointed by the governor and would have representation from the medical community as well as from those who have suffered brain injuries or who have had a family member suffer brain injury.
The board would manage the Motorcycle Safety and Brain Injury Trust Fund, funded through a $19 increase in the motorcycle registration fee. The increased fee is expected to generate $1.1 million.
But that million dollar fund would be a drop in the bucket, according to Sen. Kate Bolz of Lincoln, who says nearly 60% of those who ride without a helmet die in wrecks, while survivors suffer gruesome injuries.
“Where we have emergency medical responses, hospital stays, and have cost, according to the statistics that I have, on average per case $1.5 million,” Bolz says.
Bolz and other opponents have mounted a filibuster against the bill, forcing Bloomfield to find 33 votes to end debate and force a vote on LB 900. The cloture vote to end the filibuster is expected to come at around mid-morning.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]