Committee votes to introduce teen tanning bill

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 18, 2013 at 1:27 pm •  Published: February 18, 2013

That legislation also had support from medical professionals but was panned by tanning industry representatives who argued parents — not the government — should regulate their children's behavior. The Senate pulled the plug on the bill after it was also criticized for requiring tanning salons to post signs warning about the dangers of their service.

This year's bill eliminates that provision.

But Wayne Hoffman, executive director of the Idaho Freedom Foundation, said the 2013 bill still intrudes on parental rights. He said parents should be trusted to do what's right for their kids, adding the government has no business getting involved in decisions better made at home.

"Once the government says kids under a certain age cannot use a tanning booth, the next step is the government says you can only be outside so long," Hoffman said Monday. "Maybe the next thing is you have to have a license to spend more than three hours outdoors."

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