Conference Committee passes HB 2454
with new amendment

Following is the text of the new amendment placed on HB 2454 during
Conference Committee action on Monday, June 23.

PROPOSED CONFERENCE COMMITTEE AMENDMENTS TO
B-ENGROSSED HOUSE BILL 2454

On page 1 of the printed A-engrossed bill, line 2, after the semicolon
insert "creating new provisions; and",

On page 2, after line 7, insert:

"SECTION 5. The Director of the Department of Consumer and Business
Services shall investigate whether abolition of the requirement that
motorcyclists 21 years of age and older wear helmets increases the need for
personal injury protection benefits for motorcyclists, and if so, shall
investigate the feasibility of personal injury protection benefits
applicable to motorcycles. The director shall consult with representatives
of motorcyclists and the insurance industry in making the determinations.".

This means:
1.THAT THERE IS NO LONGER ANY PIP INSURANCE MANDATE as part of the bill.
2.There is a requirement to investigate whether motorcyclists present an
exceptional personal injury risk in a non-helmet law environment.
3.If it is determined that they do, it requires a feasibility study of PIP
insurance for motorcyclists.

The Director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services would be
in charge of the study, and would be required to consult with motorcyclists
and the insurance industry in the process.

ADVANTAGES
1.This amendment seems to increase the likelihood of the bill's passage,
and may coax some votes our way in the House and Senate. It seems to have
gotten a favorable reaction in the Governor's office. (We don't know how
much we can depend on that.)
2.The study offers an opportunity to show, through a government agency,
that motorcyclists' risk is not significantly exceptional. This would be a
strong rebuttal to the "public burden" idea, if we can do it.

DISADVANTAGES
1.This idea would require that we be very rapidly prepared to present and
prove our point at any time. It is also possible that the study would never
get done (due to bureaucratic logjams).
2.If it is concluded that we ARE an exceptional risk, it will saddle us
with a negative burden when the next legislative session happens.

WHAT TO DO NEXT
We need to move strongly for passage of this bill in both houses. Please
call your Representative and your Senator to ask them for support on HB
2454 as reported out of the Conference Committee. Do it as soon as
possible.

BikePAC of Oregon * PO Box 5612 * Salem, OR 97304

Brian


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