KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Legislation modifying Missouri’s motorcycle helmet law is on its way to the governor’s desk.The new law allows motorcyclists, 21 and older, to ride on Missouri’s streets and roads without wearing a helmet. They will still be required to wear helmets on interstate highways.You’ve got to wonder what lawmakers were thinking.A 2007 study by researchers at the the University of Missouri and the University of Tennessee concluded that motorcycle death rates increased by an average of more than 12 percent in states that repealed universal helmet requirements.
Nebraska Senator Mike Johann’s decision to refuse earmarks will greatly increase the pressure on Kansas Congressmen Todd Tiahrt and Jerry Moran to do the same thing. Currently, their US Senate primary fight is virtually non-issue-based, as both are near-replicas of moderate Republican President President Bush: family men, socially conservative, but not fiscally conservative.
The Republican party, in recent years, has lost in large part because of the party’s hypocrisy on spending. It’s not yet clear that Tiahrt and Moran know this.
From the Associated Press:
U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns of Nebraska said Thursday he won’t ask for earmarks in this year’s budget, because he’s not confident the system is transparent or based on merit.
Johanns, a freshman Republican, said in a year of unprecedented federal spending, he believes most Nebraskans will support his decision.
In a release to the news media Johanns said, “While I do believe attempts to reform the earmarking process are a start … they have not gone far enough.”
Senator Johanns deserves high praise for this. He is now only the 8th Senator to swear off pork.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Senate today began debating changes to the way some Missouri judges are selected, but the measure’s sponsor conceded his legislation likely won’t pass this year.
The proposed constitutional amendment would give the governor greater latitude when picking judges for the Supreme Court, appeals courts and trial courts in Missouri’s three largest metropolitan areas.
It also would alter the membership of the panels that select the judicial nominees and require those committees to conduct some of their business in public.
Republican Sen. Matt Bartle, a Lee’s Summit lawyer who opposes the plan, told sponsoring Sen. Jim Lembke that opponents “will be successful in killing your bill today.”