Rep. Peter Pet­talia was killed in a mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ci­dent on Mon­day. He had spon­sored a bill in 2011 to abol­ish Michi­gan’s re­quire­ment that all mo­tor­cy­cle rid­ers wear hel­mets. Pet­talia was wear­ing a hel­met at the time of the crash.

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and even bet­ter per­son.”

“It didn’t mat­ter how heated things got or how long we were there, Pete had a way of al­ways keep­ing the mood light and re­main­ing pos­i­tive,” he said.

Rep. Andy Schor, D-Lans­ing, said on Face­book that “Pete was a truly great pub­lic ser­vant.” Though “we didn’t al­ways agree ... he was hon­est and sin­cere in all he did.”

Pet­talia is sur­vived by his wife, Karen, and two adult chil­dren. One of Pet­talia’s daugh­ters, Anna, ex­pressed grat­i­tude on her fa­ther’s Face­book page for the out­pour­ings of sym­pa­thy. Pet­talia “loved North­ern Michi­gan and loved work­ing for you to make this a great place for all of us,” she said.

The law­maker spon­sored a bill in 2011 to abol­ish Michi­gan’s re­quire­ment that all mo­tor­cy­cle rid­ers wear hel­mets. His bill, House Bill 4608 of 2011, was not the ver­sion that ul­ti­mately be­came state law in 2012. co­erce un­der­age girls to pro­duce sex­u­ally ex­plicit im­ages of them­selves, fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors said.

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