Missouri Senate passes parental consent bill for tanning

Thursday, May 8, 2014 | 7:14 a.m. CDT; updated 12:08 p.m. CDT, Thursday, May 8, 2014

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri teens younger than 17 would need written parental approval to use tanning beds under legislation passed by the state Senate.

Senators voted 22-10 on Wednesday to send the bill back to the House, where a similar version passed earlier. Lawmakers must pass an identical measure by May 16.

Under the bill, salons that allow teenagers to tan without consent would face a $500 fine. State health officials would be charged with developing a standardized consent form for parents to use.

Supporters say it would help protect teenagers from exposure to ultraviolet rays that can cause skin cancer. Opponents argue it is a government intrusion on small businesses.

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