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SD House Defeats Plan Requiring Parental Consent For Tanning

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A proposal that would have required parental consent for minors to use indoor tanning beds at salons has died in the state Legislature.

The state House voted Wednesday 40-29 against the plan, which faced opposition in part because it would have put more burdens on small businesses.

Republican Rep. Scott Munsterman of Brookings says lawmakers need to take a stand like they did against minors smoking tobacco. The American Cancer Society says indoor tanning increases the risk for skin cancer.

Republican Rep. Mathew Wollmann of Madison says the proposal would have put additional regulations on small businesses.

Opponents have said most tanning businesses already require parental consent for minors to use their facilities. They have said the risks of tanning are being overstated.