The Missouri House has endorsed a bill that would allow motorcyclists to forgo wearing helmets on the road.
The measure given first-round approval Tuesday would allow riders over the age of 21 to not wear a helmet when travelling.
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The law now requires riders to wear helmets or face a fine of up to $300 on the first offense. Future violations carried steeper fines and the possibility of prison sentences.
The bill needs one more House vote before moving to the Senate. Lawmakers adjourn May 17.
Kansas has no motorcycle helmet law for adults.