Indoor Tanning Bed Bill Advances

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LINCOLN, Neb.-- Teenagers younger than 16 years old may soon be restricted from using indoor tanning beds in Nebraska.

Lawmakers on Tuesday gave first-round approval to a bill designed to reduce skin cancer risks. The bill by Sen. Jeremy Nordquist of Omaha would also require tanning facilities to post a sign warning that overexposure to ultraviolet radiation can cause premature skin aging and skin cancer.

"Indoor tanning is considered and rated as a class one carcinogen, in the same level as tobacco, arsenic and asbestos. Obviously we regulate tobacco products, I think it just makes sense to allow appropriate regulation of indoor tanning," said Nordquist.

Senators added an exemption for young teens if they are accompanied by a parent, and the parent signs a permission form each time their child tans.

"When you're a young person, the last thing you think about is what's going to happen 40 years from today or 30 years from today," said Sen. Al Davis.

"Why not just have the state raise the kids? They don't make mistakes we'll just raise those kids right and just have the state do it," said Sen. Bill Kitner.

The bill advanced on a 34-0 vote. The original legislation would have imposed a ban on users younger than 18.