Lawmaker Looks To Restrict Tanning Bed Access

Monday, January 12th 2009, 10:51 pm
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A senator has filed a bill placing restrictions on the use of tanning salons by minors in Oklahoma.

Sen. Andrew Rice, an Oklahoma City Democrat, says restrictions are needed because of rising skin cancer rates. He wants Oklahoma to join 29 other states that regulate the use of tanning salons by minors.

His measure would not allow anyone under 13 to use a tanning facility unless the minor got permission from a doctor or the parent stayed at the facility during the tanning.

Those between ages 13 and 15 could not go to a tanning place without a parent, who would have to remain at the facility while the individual tanned.

Those ages 16 and 17 could use a tanning salon only if they had a written statement from a parent and would be required to wear protective eye wear.