Tanning bill postponed in committee

TRENTON – The Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Service committee held off voting on a bill that would prohibit people under age 18 from using tanning facilities in the state, as well as issue fines to facilities that violate the restriction.

If the full state Senate approves the bill and Gov. Chris Christie signs, it would replace the current law on tanning and teens, which states that minors between ages 14 and 18 must have written authorization from a parent or legal guardian to receive tanning services.

The bill would also require facilities to post signs that state nobody under age 18 could use the facility.

Facilities that violate the new restriction would be fined $100 for the first offense, and $200 for each additional offense, according to the bill.

Sen. Loretta Weinberg, (D-37), of Teaneck, said she had been informed today that permission from parents was already required for teens under age 18 to receive a tan, and didn’t feel any additional restrictions were required.

The Indoor Tanning Association, based in Washington D.C., is opposed to any further restrictions.

Executive Director John Overstreet said that New Jersey is already one of the most heavily regulated states when it comes to small businesses, and taking away a segment of their clients would be counterproductive. The state charges a 7 percent sales tax, on top of the 10 percent federal excise tax for tanning services.

“There is absolutely no reason for parents who approve of their kids to receive a suntan cannot receive a suntan,” he said. “This (proposed law) could seriously hurt the industry in the state.”

Tanning bill postponed in committee