Peter Petallia http://michiganradio.org en Proposal would allow motorcyclists to ride without a helmet in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/proposal-would-allow-motorcyclists-ride-without-helmet-michigan <p>A state House committee has approved a measure that would allow motorcyclists 21 years and older with at least two years of experience to ride without a helmet.</p><p>This is the newest compromise that opponents of the helmet law hope will win the support of Governor Rick Snyder.</p><p>The measure to repeal the four-decade-old helmet law now goes to the floor of the state House for a vote.</p><p>Republican state Representative Peter Petallia (R-Presque Isle)is the sponsor.</p><p>He says Michigan is the only state in the Midwest that does not allow motorcycle riders to remove their helmets.</p><p><em>&ldquo;If Michigan did not have a helmet law, so you think we would enact a helmet law? My answer would be &lsquo;no&#39;,&quot;</em> said Petallia.</p><p>Governor Snyder has said he will not support a helmet law repeal without assurances the costs of medical care for injured riders won&rsquo;t be passed along to taxpayers or insurance rate payers.</p><p>The Petallia bill requires riders who want to doff their helmets to carry an additional $20,000 in medical coverage.</p><p>Opponents of the repeal say that would not cover a week of intensive care. Wed, 26 Oct 2011 21:39:01 +0000 Rick Pluta 4709 at http://michiganradio.org Proposal would allow motorcyclists to ride without a helmet in Michigan House votes to lift age restriction on hunting http://michiganradio.org/post/house-votes-lift-age-restriction-hunting <p>The state House has approved a measure that would eliminate the age restriction on children who hunt with an adult.</p><p>Currently, the state does not allow children under the age of 10 to hunt.</p><p>Republican state Representative Peter Petallia sponsored the bill. The measure would allow a child of any age to hunt, fish, or trap with an adult 21 years or older who has a license and has taken a hunter safety course.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;We spend too much time today behind TVs and computer screens and not enough time monitoring what youth are doing,&quot; said Petallia. &quot;This gives us some an opportunity to get them out, spend some time with them and introduce them to our sport.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>A handful of lawmakers voted against the bill. Some said children under 10 should not handle firearms. A few said hunting seasons with youth spook deer and other game before the regular season begins.</p><p>The bill now goes to the state Senate. Tue, 24 May 2011 20:55:47 +0000 Rick Pluta 2631 at http://michiganradio.org