SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) _ Parents could be fined up to $25 if they fail to outfit their children with helmets on California’s ski slopes under a bill passed by the Assembly.

The bill by Democratic state Sen. Leland Yee of San Francisco would require helmets for skiers and snowboarders under 18.

The Assembly adopted SB880 Thursday on a 42-20 vote, then returned it to the Senate for a vote on Assembly amendments.

Supporters say helmets will save lives and prevent head injuries. Critics say the bill infringes on parental responsibility and would be hard to enforce.

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A companion bill by Democratic state Assemblyman Dave Jones of Sacramento would require children and ski-resort employees to wear helmets. It also would mandate that resorts prepare annual safety plans.

Jones’ bill, AB1652, is awaiting final legislative action.


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