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Indiana tanning ban for children under 16 passes

A measure to block children under 16 from using tanning salons is one step closer to becoming law.


Posted on Feb. 27, 2014 at 4:01 p.m.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A measure to block children under 16 from using tanning salons is one step closer to becoming law in Indiana.

House members approved the proposal 69-23 on Thursday. The Senate passed the bill last month 30-17.

The bill would throw out a current law requiring minors under 16 to have parental supervision at tanning salons.

The measure aims to cut exposure to the health hazards tanning poses to children. Opponents criticize it for taking away the decision from parents, and others say it does not go far enough by only banning use in tanning facilities.

The proposal also would require the State Department of Health to create standards regulating tanning bed use in Indiana.

The bill needs approval from Gov. Mike Pence before becoming law.





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 IMPD Chaplain David Coatie, right, supports Louis Allen, center, father of 15-year-old Dominique Allen, whose badly burned body was discovered in a backyard in Indianapolis on Sunday, as they walk back to the site where her body was found, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. Dominique's purse and shoes were found about a block away from where her body was found. The Marion County Coroner's Office ruled the death, by asphyxiation, a homicide. Dominique Allen was a Ben Davis freshman. (AP Photo/The Indianapolis Star, Charlie Nye)

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