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Utah Senate approves tougher tanning law

Feb. 23, 2012 at 3:54 PM

SALT LAKE CITY, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- The Utah Senate passed a bill that requires minors to obtain parental permission before going to tanning salons, officials said.

The bill, passed Wednesday, would require anyone under the age of 18 to get their parents' consent each time before going to a tanning salon, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

State Sen. Pat Jones, D-Holladay, said the bill makes parents consider the risks posed by the ultraviolet light from tanning beds, which, she said, is 15 times more dangerous than midday sunlight.

"If you think it's inconvenient for parents to be warned about the dangers of tanning, how inconvenient is it to take your children to chemotherapy treatments?" Jones asked.

Sen. Howard Stephenson, R-Draper, opposed the bill, saying parents should be presented information on the risks and be allowed to give consent annually.

The Senate passed the bill 18 to 9. It now goes to the House.

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