Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday smacked down what he called overbearing and expensive proposals for state regulations by vetoing bills that would require that kids wear helmets when on ski slopes and increase fines for people who talk on cell phones or text while driving.
The move came as lawmakers this week consider hundreds of bills before a Friday deadline. Brown took action on dozens of bills already approved by the Legislature, including signing measures requiring greater transparency in the California State University and UC systems and allowing landlords to bar renters from smoking in their units starting next year.
But the vetoes showed that the governor may be setting a high bar for new state mandates.
In his veto message accompanying the helmet bill, SB105 introduced by Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, Brown appeared to side with GOP critics who had characterized the measure as “nanny government.”
Brown, a Democrat, wrote, “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 was working for a major retailer when California enacted a helmet law for kids riding bicycles. It took effect on January 1, 2004. That Christmas (1993) we sold thousands of bike helmets. Guess who was the driving force behind the law? Parents groups? Pediatricians? Nah.
Bike helmet manufacturers.
I’m a libertarian-lefty. I don’t believe in the nanny state. Well, I believe the concept exists, I just don’t agree with it. The world is a dangerous place and we can’t make it risk-free.
Increasing fines won’t have much effect on cell phone behavior, it will just generate more revenue for the government. As for the smoking law, other than keeping cleaning deposits how do you enforce it? (People have been known to lie on rental applications)