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House debates bill that would limit teen tanning.

Date: April 3, 2012
By: Paige Hornor
State Capitol Bureau
Links: HB 1475

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Teens would need to have parental consent in order to use a tanning salon, according to a bill debated by the House on Tuesday.
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Wrap: Sponsor of the bill Representative Gary Cross postponed voting on the bill, after an amendment was added.

The amendment would make it illegal for teens younger than 15 to use tanning devices and impose a fine on salons that allow it.

After surviving Melanoma himself, Republican Jefferson City Representative Jay Barnes says there is no reason a 13-year-old should go to a tanning salon.

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Description: "The long term harms caused by that behavior is not anywhere near the short term gains that they might benefit from going to a tanning bed."

Cross says the bill will be sent back to the Rules Committee in order to separate the amendment from the bill.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Paige Hornor.

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A bill that would require teens to have parental consent for tanning beds sparked debate in the House.
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Wrap: A parent of minors would need to be present at the tanning salon to sign a consent form.

But Republican Jefferson City Representative Jay Barnes wants even more restrictions.

He proposed an amendment that would make it illegal for children under 15 to go to tanning salons.

Republican Christian Representative Ray Weter agreed tanning is a health risk, but he no longer supports the bill, because of the amendment.

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Description: "I don't believe that the government has the right to come in and tell us what we need to be doing with our children."

Sponsor of the bill Representative Gary Cross says the bill will be brought back to the Rules Committee where the amendment will be separated from the bill.

He says he expects the bill will receive more support without the amendment attached.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Paige Hornor.

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A bill restricting tanning bed use sparks debate within the House.
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Wrap: The bill would require parental consent for minors desiring to use tanning beds.

After an amendment was approved, the bill would also prohibit teens under the age of 15 from using tanning beds.

Republican Cass Representative Rick Brattin says parents should have the right to choose for their children. 

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Description: "Now parents can be breaking the law if they would want to help their child out before they go to Cancun so their child that's as white as this paper doesn't suffer third degree burns."


Sponsor of the bill Representative Gary Cross says he sent the bill back to committee in order to separate the amendment. He says this will help the bill recieve more support.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Paige Hornor.


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