Ski Helmet Bill Heads Back to Governor's Desk
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The state legislature has approved a bill making it mandatory for anyone under the age of 18 to wear a helmet on the ski slopes.

Under SB 105 sponsored by Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco,) minors would be required to wear helmets while skiing or snowboarding.

The measure would also allow local authorities fine parents $25 if their children are not wearing helmets.

Passage would give California the nation's most restrictive helmet laws for skiers and snowboarders and the most stringent requirements for ski resorts.

According to the National Ski Areas Association, 19 of 38 people who died on ski slopes in the 2009-2010 season were not wearing helmets at the time of the injury.

SB 105 will also require resorts to post signs about the law on trail maps, websites, and other locations throughout the property.

Then Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a similar bill last year.

Governor Jerry Brown will have 12 days to sign or veto the bill.