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Southern panhandle senator: "I don't want to tell somebody what they should be doing day to day when it comes to wearing a helmet"

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Nebraska state lawmakers aren't putting the brakes on a bill that would allow motorcyclists older than 21 years old ride without helmets.
Lawmakers finished a third day of debate on the measure Monday without reaching a vote.
Opponents of the bill maintain the helmet law is in place for both safety and health care costs to the state. Supports of the measure say it is all about freedom of choice.

Ogallala Senator Ken Schilz says by banning helmet-less bikers, it is costing communities money from having riders stop and patronize local gas stations, restaurants and businesses. 

"If its true and there's 150,000 bikers that might come through the state, especially the rural parts of the state, especially the western parts of the state," explains Schilz, "And they'll be here if they don't have to wear a helmet- well in my mind that's a lost opportunity."
Schilz says he doesn't want to be in the business of telling people what they *can* and *cannot* do.

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