California Governor Jerry Brown has apparently not been afraid to sometimes use his veto pen when the state legislature oversteps its bounds (which is always).
On Tuesday, he vetoed a bipartisan bill imposing a $25 fine for kids who ski or snowboard without a helmet.
His very libertarian response:
“While I appreciate the value of wearing a ski helmet, I am concerned about the continuing and seemingly inexorable transfer of authority from parents to the state. Not every human problem deserves a law. I believe parents have the ability and responsibility to make good decisions for their children.”
Frankly, I’m floored by his stance. Nothing could be more unexpected from an elected California democrat.
Reason.com goes on to list a few other notable vetoes.
Some followers may remember when Brown was elected and certain ballot initiatives passed, I lamented the further decline of what I called the Fascist-Marxist Republic of California. I would love for Jerry Brown to prove me wrong (actually, I would love for the entire government to be dissolved, but I digress)… though that would take a lot more than vetoing a few pieces of minor legislation.