Idaho House considers ban on tanning beds for children under 16

The Idaho House panel has advanced a measure to prohibit younger teenagers from using tanning beds.

A year after a similar measure died in the Senate, a renewed effort aimed at preventing dangerous or deadly skin cancer has cleared the House Health and Welfare Committee on Wednesday’s 8-2 vote, sending it to the House floor.

The bill would prohibit the use of ultraviolet tanning devices for any minor child under the age of 16, and requires parental consent for minor children ages 16 and 17.

Last year’s bill included escalating fines of up to $1,000. This year’s effort includes citations of $100 for first offenses, rising to $300 for second offenses and $500 for all subsequent offenses.

If the measure clears the House, it’ll go to the Senate Health and Welfare Committee – the panel where last year’s measure died.  (AP)

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