Childrearing

California Governor: ‘Not Every Human Problem Deserves A Law’

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Back when I was a kid growing up in California, we called Gov. Jerry Brown “Governor Moonbeam.” He took a break from being governor of California but is back in the job. And he’s wielding his trusty veto pen in a way I like.

After a bipartisan bill passed the state legislature that would have imposed a $25 fine for kids who ski or snowboard without a helmet, he vetoed it. Here’s his explanation:

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.

Sincerely,

Edmund G. Brown Jr.

Way to go, Governor! Helmets can be a good idea but parenting is the job of the parent, not the state.