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House panel backs ban on tanning beds for minors

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Posted: Mar 12, 2014 10:54 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: tanning bed, lawmakers, health care, minors

BATON ROUGE - Anyone under the age of 18 would be banned from using tanning beds, if lawmakers agree to a proposal backed by the House health care committee.

New Orleans Rep. Helena Moreno, a Democrat, says her bill would help prevent skin cancer associated with exposure to ultraviolet radiation from sunlight or tanning lamps and beds.

The House Health and Welfare Committee advanced the bill to the full House with a 17-1 vote Wednesday. Republican Rep. Richard Burford, of Stonewall, voted against the proposal. Burford says he disagrees with government telling parents how to raise their children.

The National Conference of State Legislatures says five states have tanning bans for minors. Washington's Legislature also gave final passage to a similar ban this week.

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