A Blow Against The Nanny State Struck In… California??
Yes, my good friends — Gov Jerry Brown has actually vetoed a nanny-state helmet law.
I’ve added the emphasis below. It’s almost refreshing to hear such a sentiment from a politician — a California politician at that.
To the Members of the California State Senate:
I am returning Senate Bill 105 without my signature.
This measure would impose criminal penalties on a child under the age of 18 and his or her parents if the child skis or snowboards without a helmet.
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.
I believe parents have the ability and responsibility to make good choices for their children.
Edmund J. Brown
Hat Tip: FreeRangeKids