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January 18, 2010
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Calif. lawmaker pushes for kids to use ski helmets

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Children taking to the slopes would have to take a helmet along under a new law proposed in Sacramento.

California Sen. Leland Yee introduced the bill last week. It would require children under 18 to don a helmet. If they don't, their parents would face a $25 fine.

The San Mateo Democrat says he drafted the bill after seeing a study that showed helmets can cut in half the risk of serious head injuries in children 15 and younger.

The California Ski Industry Association has pledged its support.

At least one lawmaker, however, is opposed. Republican Tom Harman told the Los Angeles Times the bill brings up the question of how far government should go in protecting people from themselves.

The bill is still weeks away from any discussion.

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Information from: San Jose Mercury News, http://www.sjmercury.com


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