California Assembly Approves Helmet Law…for Skiers.

July 19, 2011

The California Assembly has passed a bill requiring that snowboarders and skiers under the age of 18 would be required to wear helmets while playing on the slopes. It was approved by a party-line vote of 49-23. Not surprisingly, Republican legislators referred to the bill as the latest example of “nanny state” laws.

Supporters of the bill, SB105, say raising awareness and requiring helmets could prevent head and brain injuries which are potentially life-ending in children as well as being expensive to treat, in turn making health insurance rates soar ever higher. Those caught on the slopes without protective head gear could be fined $25.

The bill was approved by the California Senate in April, but will vote on any amendments made by the Assembly before it goes to the governor for signature or veto.

There are four other states which have such laws on their books, and two others are considering them.