LANSING \u2014 Despite a lack of unanimous partisan support from either party, a GOP sponsored bill repealing the law requiring motorcycle riders in Michigan to wear helmets was passed Wednesday by a margin of 24-14. If signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder - which in itself is not guaranteed \u2014 the new bill would allow motorcycle riders 21-years of age and older to ride without helmets if they provide a $20,000 surety and meet certain training requirements or have a given level of experience on the roads. The Republican sponsored bill was thought by some to have been ramrodded through the Senate - without considered deliberation, and without regard to the governor\u2019s request that this action be undertaken as part of a broader review of Michigan\u2019s no-fault insurance laws. The bill (SB 720) was passed with wide-ranging support \u2014 including seven Democrats. By that same token, those not supporting the bill and expressing concerns over it potential impact also crossed party lines. State Senator Darwin Booher, R-Evart, of the 35th Senate District, was adamant in his refusal to support the bill. \u201cI voted \u201cNo\u201d just as I\u2019ve voted \u201cNo\u201d the last four times this bill has come up for discussion,\u201d said Booher. \u201cI believe this \u201cNo\u201d vote was needed. I believe I was doing what was in the best interest of the people of my district and the people of this state. \u201cThe bill passed nevertheless. \u201cHonestly, I\u2019m disappointed.\u201d Booher said he voted against the bill both as a result of personal life experience, (having a friend who was saved in a motorcycle accident thanks to his wearing of a helmet), and also as a result of simple empirical evidence. \u201cEvidence shows that both seat belts and motorcycle helmets save lives in accidents,\u2019 he said. \u201cAbsolutely everything we\u2019ve been shown demonstrates that not only do these two devices saves lives, they also tremendously reduce hospitalization, rehabilitation, recovery costs following an accident. I believe that having these simple requirements in place are laws that simply are for the good of the people, and they should not be amended. \u201cNobody is suggesting we repeal the seatbelt law. I don\u2019t\u00a0 know why the helmet law is any different.\u201d Booher noted he didn\u2019t receive too much \u201cflack\u201d from constituents or colleagues following his \u201cNo\u201d vote, largely because he has been consistent in voting against the proposed helmet repeal - both while in the House and now as State Senator. While Booher was in the House of Representatives, former Governor Jennifer Granholm vetoed repeals of the helmet law requirement two times. \u201cI haven\u2019t gotten too many comments,\u201d reported Booher. \u201cIf I do .. .fine. I voted as I thought was right, and I think repealing this law is wrong.\u201d In November, 2011, State Representative Phil Potvin, R-Cadillac, 112 District, also voted \u201cNo\u201d on action to repeal the helmet law. The House bill passed, and was then sent on to the Senate where, as noted, senators approved repeal of the law on Wednesday. It is not known when Gov. Snyder will take signing or vetoing of the helmet repeal under consideration.