House panel says no kids allowed in tanning beds

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Associated Press

Posted on February 28, 2014 at 8:01 AM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky House panel has passed a measure saying minors shouldn't be allowed to use tanning beds.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. David Watkins, a Democrat of Henderson, would make exceptions for minors who have been prescribed the use of tanning beds by physicians.

Watkins says that rising cases of skin cancer among young women, and recent regulations on tanning beds, spurred him to carry the bill.

One concern was raised by Rep. Julie Adams, a Republican of Louisville, who says she's wary of removing the parental consent clause from current tanning bed law.

The measure cleared the House Health and Welfare committee on Thursday with a 13-1 vote and now moves to the full House for consideration.

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The legislation is House Bill 310.

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