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Lege bans minors from tanning booths

OLYMPIA -- Be prepared for more pale teens, particularly during the winter months in Washington. Most minors would be banned from sessions in tanning booths under a bill receiving final approval in the Legislature this morning.

With a 42-6 vote, the Senate agreed with changes to SB 6065, and sent the ban to Gov. Jay Inslee.

The House recently made a slight change in the bill, allowing physicians to write a prescription for minors to have sessions in the ultraviolet light chambers. Other than that, the bill says a person must be 18 o r over, and produce identification, to use a booth at a tanning salon in Washington.

Sen. Curtis King, R-Yakima, the sponsor of the bill, said he thought a doctor's prescription for tanning booth time would be relatively rare, so he didn't think the amendment resulted in much change to the original bill. 

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Jim Camden
Jim Camden is the Olympia bureau chief, covering the Legislature and state government. He also is a political columnist and blogger for Spin Control.

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