Senate Moves To Ban Indoor Tanning For Minors

By Taylor Winkel

The Washington Senate passed a bill this week that’s had a tough time in recent years, even reaching the floor for a vote. The proposed bill bans teens under 18 from using tanning salons. This time it passed overwhelmingly in the Senate.

The measure restricting minors from indoor tanning passed with an 83% approval from the mostly republican controlled state Senate. Indoor tanning is associated with increased risks of skin cancer. Senator Jeanne Kohl-Wells is a Democrat. She was one of the sponsors of the bill. She says the fact that a Republican was a prime sponsor encouraged bi-partisan support. And she says one factor that really helped this year was because...

Jeanne Kohl-Wells: “The tanning industry did not oppose the bill. They had been very vociferous opponents in years past.”

This version of the bill reduces fines against salons serving minors from $1000 dollars a day to $250 dollars a violation. And at the hearing this week, tanning industry representatives said they recognized a need for a conversation about responsible UV exposure. The bill now heads to the democratically controlled house. If passed, Washington would be among six other states banning indoor tanning for minors.

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