A House committee this morning agreed to introduce legislation from House Majority Caucus Chairman John Vander Woude, R-Nampa, to require parental consent for people age 14-17 to use artificial tanning beds, and ban their use for those age 13 and under. That matches current state laws on tattoos and piercing, Vander Woude said.
Rep. John Rusche, D-Lewiston, who sponsored legislation that passed the House (but died in a Senate committee) in 2012 to ban kids under 16 from using tanning beds and require parental consent from those age 16 or 17, asked, “When we actually restrict the use of damaging behaviors, whether it’s smoking or drinking, underage, regardless of what their parents say, why are we allowing parents to give permission for cancer-causing radiation?”
House Health & Welfare Chairman Fred Wood, R-Burley, said, “That’s a good question for the merits of the bill. … This is an introductory hearing.” He said he’ll be co-sponsoring the bill with Vander Woude, and the two plan to bring dermatologists in to testify about the effects of radiation from artificial tanning beds on young people’s skin. “I think that would educate up the rest of the committee,” Wood said. The Health & Welfare Committee then voted to introduce the bill, clearing the way for a hearing.