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Summary: Currently, teens between the ages 16.5 and 18 are allowed to use tanning beds as long as they have parental consent. SB 329 would amend the law to prohibit anyone under the age of 18 from using tanning facilities regardless of parental consent.
Analysis: Studies have shown a link between tanning bed usage and increased risk of melanoma. We do not dispute that using a tanning bed may lead to unintended consequences. However, it is not the proper role of the state to regulate or ban everything that may be unhealthy. It is the responsibility of individuals, and parents in the case of minors, to make their own choices. This legislation would expand the scope of government and further erode individual liberty and personal responsibility. We oppose SB 329.