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Bill to do away with Tennessee helmet requirement shelved

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A motorcycle helmet rests on the seat of a motorcycle. AP photo A motorcycle helmet rests on the seat of a motorcycle. AP photo

NASHVILLE, TN (AP) - A proposal to do away with Tennessee's motorcycle helmet requirement has been shelved for the year.

The bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Jay Reedy of Erin was deferred on Tuesday until the first calendar of next year's legislative session.

The move follows a bumpy path for the companion bill in the Senate, where it first failed on a 4-4 vote but was later resurrected for another vote and advanced on a 5-4 vote.

Under the proposal, motorcycle riders at least 21 years old carrying private health insurance would be able to decide if they want to wear a helmet.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol opposes the bill because it wouldn't allow troopers to verify the age and insurance status of motorcyclists.

About 167,000 motorcycles are registered in Tennessee.

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