Hearing on Motorcycle Helmet Bill #87 POSTPONED Due to Continuing Debate on Bill #20 MONDAY

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Guam – Senator Tommy Morrison has announced that the public hearing on his helmet law bill, originally scheduled for Tuesday, May 28th, has been cancelled due to the continuing debate on Bill 20 in the Legislative Session which resumes Tuesday morning at 9am.

Senator Morrison says he is “disappointed that the public hearing for the helmet bill was cancelled.  My office has been working diligently to get this hearing scheduled and working to secure needed support for the legislation.”

The Senator said he is working to re-schedule the hearing for his Bill #87 sometime in June.

READ Senator Morrison’s release below:

Tuesday’s Hearing on Proposed Helmet Law Cancelled Due to Session
Morrison working to reschedule hearing in June.

The Office of Senator Thomas Morrison received a Notice of Cancellation from the Committee on Aviation, Ground Transportation, Regulatory Concerns and Future Generations, cancelling the previously scheduled public hearing for Bill No. 87-32.  Bill No. 87-32 is the proposed Universal Helmet Law introduced by Senator Morrison and several other colleagues.  The hearing was scheduled for Tuesday, May 28th at 4:00PM.

While no reason for the cancellation was given in the release by the Committee, legislative session is scheduled to resume on Tuesday, May 28th at 9:00AM on the remaining bills on the session agenda. “While legislative session takes precedence, I am disappointed that the public hearing for the helmet bill was cancelled.  My office has been working diligently to get this hearing scheduled and working to secure needed support for the legislation.  I hope that the oversight committee will reschedule the hearing at its next available date,” said Senator Morrison, main author of Bill No. 87.

Morrison added, “I apologize for any inconvenience that this cancellation may cause those who were planning to testify on the helmet bill.  I’m even more disappointed that this hearing is delayed and accidents involving motorcycles continue to happen.  I am deeply concerned for rider safety and how we can save lives and prevent injuries.  My thoughts and prayers go out the gentleman that was struck last night on his motorcycle in Dededo.  I pray for his recovery from his injuries.”  Senator Morrison was referring to the auto-motorcycle accident that occurred early Sunday evening at the Micronesia Mall intersection.  While news reports indicate that the accident was caused by the operator of vehicle, no motorcycle helmet was found at the scene of the accident.

Senator Morrison will continue to work with the Committee on Ground Transportation to reschedule the hearing in the immediate future.  Written testimony on Bill 87 may be submitted in advance of the hearing to the Office of Senator Morrison and the oversight committee.  For additional comments, please contact Senator Morrison at 482-5346 or at tommy@senatormorrison.com.