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Legislation mandating helmets for minors hitting the slopes has been vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

The Democratic governor said in a veto message that his decision to reject Senate Bill 105 was driven by concerns about the "continuing and seemingly inexorable transfer of authority from parents to the state."

"Not every human problem deserves a law," Brown wrote.

The bill, by Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, would have established a $25 fine for the parents of people under 18 who fail to wear a helmet while skiing or snowboarding. The bill would also apply to youth at skateboard parks.

Yee said in a statement that the bill "would have significantly reduced instances of traumatic brain injury or death" among youth.

"Unfortunately, the Governor ignored the pleas of parents who were asking for this law and for a simple tool to help get their kids to wear helmets on the slopes," Yee said in a statement. "California's ski slopes are perhaps the last area of recreation where we do not have basic safety standards in place for children."


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