Motorcycle helmets may become optional in Mich.

Lansing, Mich. (ap) - Motorcyclists could ride without a helmet if they buy an annual state permit under legislation approved thursday in the Michigan Senate.

The bill heads back to the house because some changes were made. Governor Granholm may veto the measure because she supports an existing law that requires motorcyclists to wear a helmet.

The legislation would allow riders to pay a $100 annual state permit fee to allow them to opt out of wearing a helmet. Bikers also could pay $200 for three years.

Motorcyclists also would have to be at least 21 years old, have two years experience and complete safety training.

Riding helmetless without a permit would result in a $300 fine.

Posted by LS

Associated Press contributed to this report.