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Tue., March 20, 2012, 4:10 p.m.

House passes tanning-bed restrictions for minors, 39-30

The House has voted 39-30 in favor of HB 486a, the tanning-bed bill; now that it's passed the House, the measure moves to a Senate committee.

Opponents included Rep. Erik Simpson, R-Idaho Falls, who said, "We're in essence requiring an owner to put down the product, the very product that he is marketing. ... We're suppressing their 1st Amendment rights." Rep. Brent Crane, R-Nampa, said, "In my particular legislative district, I have spoken with a tanning salon who has asked me not to support this legislation."

Rep. John Rusche, D-Lewiston, said, "Yes, it does require that tanning bed operators tell the truth about their product." He said, "Sixty people died of melanoma last year. ... We're going to see more melanoma before we see less. ... So I think this is a good bill. It protects kids, it allows parental consent, and ... it will save lives."




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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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