Tanning Restrictions Close to Becoming Law

(KCPW News) A bill restricting the use of tanning beds by minors will soon be on Governor Gary Herbert’s desk, after the Utah House of Representatives approved it this morning following a passionate discussion. Fifth Substitute Senate Bill 41 would require those under 18 years old to have a parent with them to give consent every time they tan, or a written order from a physician. House sponsor Brad Wilson, a Republican, says the legislation will save lives.

“I know that we don’t like to wade in and tell people what to do and how to do things, but we have a precedence in this country of when something arises to this level of danger, in fact, we do that,” he argued.

The bill has the backing of the Huntsman Cancer Institute. The House approved it in a 39-to-32 vote. It has already been approved by the Senate.