Indoor tanning restriction bill clears Senate floor

TRENTON – Senate lawmakers approved legislation Thursday that would allow someone at least 17 to use an indoor tanning bed provided a parent attends the initial consultation.

S1172/A2142, cleared the full Senate following a 31-2 vote.

Sens. Michael Doherty, (R-23), and Joseph Pennacchio, (R-26), opposed the bill.

The bill has been heavily amended from its original form. The proposal originally called for making it illegal a tanning facility operator to permit a minor under 18 to use tanning beds.

At one point it was changed so that those from 16 to 18 could use indoor tanning beds so long as a parent provided proper photo ID and was present for the initial consultation.

The amended bill permits a tanning facility operator to allow a person older than 14 to use spray tanning, but only with the written authorization of a parent or legal guardian.

Indoor tanning restriction bill clears Senate floor