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Motorcycle Helmet Law

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Updated April 8, 1:04 a.m. -- A proposed exemption to Missouri's motorcycle helmet law continues moving forward.

The state House passed HB 1464 Thursday by a vote of 103-43.  It's not enough to survive a potential veto from Governor Jay Nixon, who vetoed an outright repeal of the helmet requirement in 2009.

Marshall Griffin | St. Louis Public Radio

A Missouri House committee is considering yet another proposal to loosen the state’s universal helmet law for motorcyclists. State Rep. Eric Burlison, R-Springfield, is sponsoring a bill (HB 1464) that would allow motorcyclists over the age of 21 to opt out of wearing a helmet if they meet certain requirements.

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri House has passed legislation that would allow motorcyclists to ride without wearing helmets.

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