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Panel Passes Parental Consent Requirement For Minor Tanning

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A legislative committee has approved a proposal that would require parental consent for minors to use indoor tanning beds at salons.

The House Health and Human Services Committee voted 8-5 on Thursday for the plan, which originally would have banned minors from using a tanning facility at all.

Republican Rep. Steve Hickey of Sioux Falls says he’s concerned with the health effects of tanning. The American Cancer Society says indoor tanning increases the risk for skin cancer.

Republican Rep. Lana Greenfield of Doland says she thinks the proposal interferes with small businesses.

Year Round Brown Vice President Zach Neugebauer says most tanning businesses, including his chain of salons, already require parental consent for minors.

He says the risks of tanning are being overstated and says the measure is unnecessary.