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September 8, 2011

A Blow Against The Nanny State Struck In… California??

by Brad Warbiany

Yes, my good friends — Gov Jerry Brown has actually vetoed a nanny-state helmet law.

Can you believe it?

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

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  1. Brad, you and I have actually had this discussion… I actually like Jerry Brown, because although I disagree with his political ideas almost entirely, I don’t disagree with his ideals, and I believe, as much as any successful politician can be, he is intellectually and morally honest.

    He isn’t afraid to say or do things that are against his party line, because he believes they are true.

    Jerry has been known to say, on numerous occasions that he would love it if gun control worked, but it doesn’t. That isn’t a statement a California democrat is ever expected to make.

    Comment by Chris Byrne — September 9, 2011 @ 2:36 am

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