ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The state Senate has passed legislation that would require children under 14 to wear a helmet while skiing or snowboarding on New York's slopes.

The Republican-controlled chamber passed the measure Monday. It would require ski areas to post signs on their properties notifying customers that helmets are required and that they are available for rent or purchase.

The legislation's sponsor, Republican state Sen. Betty Little, of Queensbury, says requiring helmets to be worn by children will reduce the potential for serious head injuries.

The bill now goes to the Democrat-controlled state Assembly.

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