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.READ MORE: NFL Week 13 AFC East Preview: CBS Boston's Levan Reid Calls AFC East Title Fight A Battle Of 'Big Brother Vs Little Brother'
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.READ MORE: Smash-And-Grab Thieves Hit San Jose Eastridge Mall Jewelry Store; 5 Sought
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.MORE NEWS: SportsLine Week 13 AFC West Picks: 'Denver Designed Well To Stop What Kansas City Does,' Says Larry Hartstein
Jones’ bill, AB1652, is awaiting final legislative action.