Every year some number of ridiculous pieces of legislation are introduced in the Tennessee General Assembly to be met by shaking heads and quick deaths in committee. A prime example this year comes from Republican Jay Reedy, who represents Benton, Houston, Humphreys and Stewart counties and part of Henry County just west of Nashville.

If you visit Rep. Reedy’s state House web page, you’ll find a bill he introduced under the heading of “traffic safety” that is anything but. Reedy’s bill would have enacted a four-year “pilot program” making helmets optional for motorcycle riders 21 and older. But not all of them; only riders who are not on TennCare, the state’s Medicaid program.

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