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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1699         FILED ON: 1/21/2011

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1749


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Robert L. Hedlund


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act amending the motorcycle helmet law.






Robert L. Hedlund


Marc T. Lombardo

22nd Middlesex

Todd M. Smola

1st Hampden

Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr.

12th Hampden

George T. Ross

2nd Bristol

Christine E. Canavan

10th Plymouth

Elizabeth A. Poirier

14th Bristol

SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1699        FILED ON: 1/21/2011

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1749

By Mr. Hedlund, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1749) of Robert L. Hedlund, Marc T. Lombardo, Todd M. Smola, Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr. and other members of the General Court for legislation to amend the motorcycle helmet law.  Transportation. 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts


In the Year Two Thousand Eleven



An Act amending the motorcycle helmet law.

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

              SECTION 1: Section 7 of Chapter 90, as appearing in the 1998 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out the entire sentence beginning with the word “Every” in line 141 and ending with the words “head gear” in line 147. SECTION 2: Section 7 of Chapter 90 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by adding at the end of said section the following new paragraph: Every person operating a motorcycle or riding as a passenger on a motorcycle or in a sidecar attached to a motorcycle shall wear protective head gear conforming with such minimum standards of construction and performance as the registrar may prescribe, and no person operating a motorcycle shall permit any other person to ride as a passenger on such motorcycle or in a sidecar attached to such motorcycle unless such passenger is wearing such protective head gear, except that no protective head gear shall be required if the motorcyclist is participating in a properly permitted public parade and is 18 years of age or older, or a nonresident motorcyclist or passenger of a motorcycle that is registered in a state that does not require persons to wear a motorcycle helmet while operating a motorcycle.

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