Wednesday, June 19, 1996 7:47PM

Pennsylvania motorcyclist rights advocates, led by ABATE of Pennsylvania, scored a major victory June 18 when the state Senate approved a bill that would repeal the state's mandatory motorcycle helmet law, reports the American Motorcyclist Association. Senate Bill 165, approved by a 27-22 vote, would allow motorcyclists to choose for themselves whether to wear a helmet as long as they are over the age of 20 and have more than two years of riding experience or have successfully completed a rider-education course. Currently, Pennsylvania requires all motorcycle operators to wear helmets.

"The AMA supports the use of appropriate protective gear, yet we believe that adult riders should be able to evaluate safety issues for themselve without the state's interference," noted Sean Maher, AMA legislative affairs specialist. "We worked closely with ABATE of Pennsylvania on this legislation, sending out an alert mailing to our Pennsylvania members to organize their support for this bill.

"Letters from constituents are still the most effective way to generate support for legislation in the state capitol. This victory is a direct result of motorcyclists taking the time to write to their elected representatives and let them know how they feel about this issue.''

The bill will now be sent to the House for consideration. Pennsylvania motorcyclists can register their support for this bill by writing to their representatives at the House of Representatives, Capitol Building, Harrisburg, PA 17120-0028. Interested motorcyclists can also keep track of the bill's progress by calling the state's legislation information service at (717) 787-2342.

The American Motorcyclist Association is a 210,000-member non-profit organization. Established in 1924, the Association's purpose is to pursue, protect and promote the interests of motorcyclists, while serving the needs of its members.

This mailing is done on a volunteer basis as a service to the American Motorcyclist Association. It's purpose is to keep the Association's members informed of issues and news in a timely fashion.

Herb Lartson
AMA # 502756; AMA EAGLE

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