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.

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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.

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