Gov. Jerry Brown vetoes helmet bill, criticizes 'nanny state'
Gov. Jerry Brown struck a blow against what some have called the "nanny state" on Wednesday, vetoing legislation that would have made it a crime for kids to ski without wearing a helmet.
Brown objected that the bill could "impose criminal penalties on a child" or their parents for a decision that he believes should be left to mothers and fathers.
"While I appreciate the value of wearing a ski helmet, I am concerned about the continuing and seemingly inexorable transfer of authority from parents to the state," Brown wrote in his veto message. "Not every human problem deserves a law. I believe parents have the ability and responsibility to make good choices for their children."
Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) carried SB 105 based on arguments that helmets can significantly reduce serious head injuries and deaths by skiers and snowboarders.
-- Patrick McGreevy