Last year, then-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill that required skiers and snowboarders under the age of 18 to wear a helmet on the slopes. Now, in what feels like a case of déjà vu, Governor Jerry Brown has again vetoed a ski helmet bill. There is one main difference between the two vetoes, however: while Governor Schwarzenegger supported ski helmets, he struck down the bill because it included various other ski resort regulations. Governor Brown, on the other hand, justified his veto with an argument that parents, not the state, should make the decisions that affect their children.
Earlier this week, the California state legislature passed a bill that requires all skiers and snowboarders under the age of 18 to wear helmets while on the ski slopes. If the law is signed by California Governor Jerry Brown, the state will become the most restrictive, in terms of requirements for both skiers and ski resorts, of any state in the country.