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Motorcycle law takes another spin in Salem

For the third time in four sessions, the Oregon Legislature is weighing a revision to the state laws governing the use of motorcycle helmets.

Currently, Oregon law requires all users of mopeds and motorcycles to wear helmets. In the 1997, 2001 and 2003 sessions, members of the House have introduced bills that would amend Oregon law to stipulate that only motorcycle operators under the age of either 18 or 21 be required to wear helmets.

This year's proposal, House Bill 2432, was introduced by Rep. Jeff Kropf, R-Lebanon. The House passed the measure April 21 by a 31-27 vote, referring it to the Senate. The bill currently is in the Transportation and Economic Development committee.