California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has been dropping some surprisingly sweet vetos recently, including nixing a bipartisan bill which would have imposed a $25 fine for kids who ski or snowboard without a helmet.

Here's his pithy veto letter:


Brown has also vetoed new rules for paid signature gatherers (I blogged about the bill here):

"If it is acceptable to force paid signature gatherers to place identifying badges on their chests, will similar requirements soon be placed on paid campaign workers? I choose not to go down this slippery slope where the state decides what citizens must wear when petitioning their government"

And he killed another bill increasing penalties for texting or calling without a hands-free device while driving.

More Reason on Brown's unexpectedly pleasing vetostravaganza here.

Via the expectedly pleasing Walter Olson.