California Ski Helmet Law Vetoed

Jerry Brown vetoed California’s winter sports helmet law yesterday, calling the bill overbearing and expensive. The bill, passed by the state legislature earlier this year, would have mandated helmets for all youths ages 17 and under at winter resorts.

The veto signals that the governor, a Democrat, has a deep aversion to “nanny government,” and is generally opposed to new state mandates for personal conduct.

In his veto message, Brown said, “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. Not every human problem deserves a law.”