Despite the fact that most experts agree helmets are crucial to motorcycle safety, the Michigan House Transportation Committee approved bills last week, that would allow riders aged 21 or older to forgo their helmets if they also meet certain conditions for training or experience.
Those bills will now advance to the House floor for debate and a vote.
The Michigan state Senate has already approved a similar measure.
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder had appeared uninterested in the helmet law when it passed the Senate this summer, but has giving the indication that if it’s part of broader legislation pertaining to auto insurance, he might consider it.
This is not the first time the Michigan legislature has attempted to repeal the state’s mandatory motorcycle helmet law, but previous measures were vetoed by then-Governor Jennifer Granholm.