Bird scooters on the sidewalk in San Jose.

In summary

Bird, created in 2017 with venture capital backing, hired a Sacramento lobbyist to push one bill, exempting adults who rent and ride motorized scooters from having to comply with the state’s otherwise strict helmet law.

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