House endorses teen tanning restrictions
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri teens would need their parents’ permission to use tanning facilities under legislation endorsed by the state House.
The legislation would require annual parental consent for children younger than 17 years old to use tanning salons. The measure was approved Tuesday and needs another vote before moving to the state Senate.
Sponsoring House member Gary Cross, a Republican from Lee’s Summit, cited concerns about skin cancer risks from tanning beds.
The legislation was approved after the House backed off an effort to bar anyone younger than 15 from using tanning equipment because of some concerns about expanding government mandates.
More than 30 states have laws requiring parental consent for teens to use tanning beds and more than 10 states forbid tanning beds for teenagers of certain ages.