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2007 House Bill 4749: Allow helmetless motorcycle operation for $100 annual fee (House Roll Call 476)
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Passed 69 to 39 in the House on October 11, 2007, to repeal the mandatory motorcycle helmet requirement for a motorcycle operator who pays an extra $100 annual fee (or $200 for three years), has had a license for two years (or takes a safety course), and purchases extra insurance with $20,000 personal injury coverage. Passengers would have to pay another $100 (or $200) to ride helmetless. The bill also increases the penalties for riding helmetless without paying the extra fee. Those who have paid would get a license plate sticker indicating this. Out-of-state riders would not have to buy the permit if they own their motorcycle.
View All of House Bill 4749: History, Amendments & Comments 

The vote was 69 in favor, 39 against, and 2 not voting.
(House Roll Call 476 at House Journal 107)

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Democrat
564456%
435743%
1000%
58 total votes
Republican
693169%
267426%
3973%
52 total votes
Voters
782278%
217921%
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14 total votes

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Allow helmetless motorcycle operation for $100 annual fee

IN FAVOR

HOUSE DEMOCRATS

Accavitti (D)Bennett (D)Brown (D)Byrum (D)Cheeks (D)
Condino (D)Constan (D)Corriveau (D)Cushingberry (D)Dean (D)
Dillon (D)Donigan (D)Espinoza (D)Farrah (D)Gillard (D)
Gonzales (D)Hammel (D)Hopgood (D)Jackson (D)Johnson (D)
Lahti (D)Law, Kathleen (D)LeBlanc (D)Leland (D)Mayes (D)
McDowell (D)Melton (D)Miller (D)Sheltrown (D)Simpson (D)
Smith, Virgil (D)Spade (D)Wojno (D)  

HOUSE REPUBLICANS

Acciavatti (R)Agema (R)Amos (R)Calley (R)Casperson (R)
Caswell (R)Caul (R)DeRoche (R)Elsenheimer (R)Emmons (R)
Garfield (R)Green (R)Hildenbrand (R)Hoogendyk (R)Horn (R)
Huizenga (R)Hune (R)Jones, Rick (R)LaJoy (R)Marleau (R)
Meekhof (R)Meltzer (R)Moore (R)Nitz (R)Opsommer (R)
Palmer (R)Palsrok (R)Pastor (R)Pavlov (R)Robertson (R)
Rocca (R)Shaffer (R)Sheen (R)Stahl (R)Stakoe (R)
Steil (R)    


AGAINST

HOUSE DEMOCRATS

Angerer (D)Bauer (D)Bieda (D)Byrnes (D)Clack (D)
Clemente (D)Coulouris (D)Ebli (D)Griffin (D)Hammon (D)
Hood (D)Jones, Robert (D)Lemmons (D)Lindberg (D)Meadows (D)
Meisner (D)Polidori (D)Sak (D)Scott (D)Smith, Alma (D)
Tobocman (D)Vagnozzi (D)Valentine (D)Warren (D)Young (D)

HOUSE REPUBLICANS

Ball (R)Booher (R)Gaffney (R)Hansen (R)Knollenberg (R)
Law, David (R)Moolenaar (R)Moss (R)Nofs (R)Pearce (R)
Proos (R)Schuitmaker (R)Walker (R)Wenke (R) 


HOUSE LEGISLATORS WHO DID NOT VOTE

Brandenburg (R)Ward (R)



HOUSE LEGISLATORS ALL VOTES

Y    Accavitti (D)Y    Acciavatti (R)Y    Agema (R)Y    Amos (R)  n  Angerer (D)
  n  Ball (R)  n  Bauer (D)Y    Bennett (D)  n  Bieda (D)  n  Booher (R)
  -  Brandenburg (R)Y    Brown (D)  n  Byrnes (D)Y    Byrum (D)Y    Calley (R)
Y    Casperson (R)Y    Caswell (R)Y    Caul (R)Y    Cheeks (D)  n  Clack (D)
  n  Clemente (D)Y    Condino (D)Y    Constan (D)Y    Corriveau (D)  n  Coulouris (D)
Y    Cushingberry (D)Y    Dean (D)Y    DeRoche (R)Y    Dillon (D)Y    Donigan (D)
  n  Ebli (D)Y    Elsenheimer (R)Y    Emmons (R)Y    Espinoza (D)Y    Farrah (D)
  n  Gaffney (R)Y    Garfield (R)Y    Gillard (D)Y    Gonzales (D)Y    Green (R)
  n  Griffin (D)Y    Hammel (D)  n  Hammon (D)  n  Hansen (R)Y    Hildenbrand (R)
  n  Hood (D)Y    Hoogendyk (R)Y    Hopgood (D)Y    Horn (R)Y    Huizenga (R)
Y    Hune (R)Y    Jackson (D)Y    Johnson (D)Y    Jones, Rick (R)  n  Jones, Robert (D)
  n  Knollenberg (R)Y    Lahti (D)Y    LaJoy (R)  n  Law, David (R)Y    Law, Kathleen (D)
Y    LeBlanc (D)Y    Leland (D)  n  Lemmons (D)  n  Lindberg (D)Y    Marleau (R)
Y    Mayes (D)Y    McDowell (D)  n  Meadows (D)Y    Meekhof (R)  n  Meisner (D)
Y    Melton (D)Y    Meltzer (R)Y    Miller (D)  n  Moolenaar (R)Y    Moore (R)
  n  Moss (R)Y    Nitz (R)  n  Nofs (R)Y    Opsommer (R)Y    Palmer (R)
Y    Palsrok (R)Y    Pastor (R)Y    Pavlov (R)  n  Pearce (R)  n  Polidori (D)
  n  Proos (R)Y    Robertson (R)Y    Rocca (R)  n  Sak (D)  n  Schuitmaker (R)
  n  Scott (D)Y    Shaffer (R)Y    Sheen (R)Y    Sheltrown (D)Y    Simpson (D)
  n  Smith, Alma (D)Y    Smith, Virgil (D)Y    Spade (D)Y    Stahl (R)Y    Stakoe (R)
Y    Steil (R)  n  Tobocman (D)  n  Vagnozzi (D)  n  Valentine (D)  n  Walker (R)
  -  Ward (R)  n  Warren (D)  n  Wenke (R)Y    Wojno (D)  n  Young (D)

House Roll Call 476 on 2007 House Bill 4749

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Comments

Huh  by Anonymous Citizen on July 29, 2008 
"You may run into a cop with a bad attitude"

I haven't seen one in the last 20 years that didn't have a bad attitude. Most are ex- high school nerds on a power trip.

Also  by Anonymous Citizen on July 29, 2008 

If you're going to ride helmetless, it's a good idea to do it with at least one other person. You can do it alone, but the bigger the group, the better. Also it is a good idea to have a DOT helmet with you. You may run into a cop with a bad attitude who may not let you leave without one.

It's time for civil disobedience  by Anonymous Citizen on July 2, 2008 
Jennifer vetoed our bill (AGAIN). A veto override would be nice, but a lot of legislators probably only voted "yes" to get re-elected knowing full well that the bill would never see the light of day so long as Jennifer is still in office. Therefore an override probably won't happen.

Since our efforts failed legislatively, it's time to try the judicial route;
CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE

The law CANNOT be enforced as written. There is no such thing as a "D.O.T. approved" helmet. If you are an ABATE member and you get a no-helmet ticket, you will not only be represented in court free of charge, your fine will be paid if you lose the court case. There are 3 things;
1) You MUST be an ABATE member BEFORE you get a ticket, not after.
2) You MUST wear something on your head, even if it's just a bandana. Something you can claim as "your interpretation" of proper headgear.
3) If you do this you must not give the cops any reason to ticket you for anything else. Be sure you are properly licensed, insured, plates not expired, do not speed, and for God's sake, NO ALCOHOL!

For more info or to join ABATE, log on to abateofmichigan.org

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