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WA Lege Day 18: Helmet law bashed, defended

Not your usual attire for lobbyists at a bill hearing, motorcyclists lobby for a bill to let them ride helmet free.

OLYMPIA – Motorcyclists made their annual plea to the Legislature to let them ride without helmets in Washington state, citing everything from accident statistics to the Constitution in an effort to overturn what they view as an infringement on their personal liberty.

If the NFL can’t design a helmet to protect their players from traumatic brain injury, asked Rich Bright of Yakima, how can anyone believe a motorcycle helmet built to decades-old standards protects a rider.

Insurance, health and law enforcement officials made what has become the annual rebuttal, that helmets save lives or lessen injuries and save overall medical costs.

But the argument for helmets is really about compassion, said Susan Tracy of the state Medical Association, for saving some motorcycle riders and their families from more serious injuries, or death.  . . 


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WA Lege 18: Abortion debate in the a.m., motorcycle helmets in the p.m.

OLYMPIA — Some hot button issues for legislative committees today, with a hearing on a bill that involves abortion in the morning.

The House Health Care Committee had a full room for a hearing on the Reproductive Parity Act, which would require insurance plans in Washington that offer coverage for live births to also offer coverage for abortions. Such big crowds were espected that tents are set up on the Capitol Campus as gathering spots.

The Senate Transportation Committee will likely have a crowd this afternoon for a proposal to let anyone over 18 ride a motorcycle without a helmet. It's one of the big priorities of groups like ABATE, which stands for A Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactments, and will likely result in more witnesses wearing leather or biker colors than suits and ties.

Elsewhere around the Capitol, there are lobbying groups from the Physical Therapy Association and the service employees union.

A complete list of hearings is inside the blog.

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