Apart from a stiff breeze, you could almost feel spring in the air as folks gave the scooters a try. The Republican sponsor of a House bill to legalize them, Greg Rothman, says he’s been getting a positive reaction from people.
“First of all, a lot of them don’t understand that motorized scooters aren’t legal in Pennsylvania. And so that’s a surprise to people. And they also understand the importance of being a state that reaches out to millennials, and that transportation needs are changing," Rothman said.
But co-sponsor Stephen Kinsey, a Philadelphia Democrat, isn’t as optimistic about swift action.
“Folks in Philadelphia are pretty excited about it because of the congestion of the city. When I talk to some of my folks outside of Philadelphia, they’re less enthused right now," Kinsey said.
While he believes doubters can be convinced - and the bill is slated to be considered by the House Transportation Committee next month - Kinsey says issues, including those related to safety and taxes, still need to be resolved.