SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Senate Bill 41, which would place significant restrictions on the use of tanning beds by anyone under the age of 18, was approved by the Senate Wednesday.
The bill would require parents to accompany minors to tanning salons and give written approval each time their child tans.
Sen. Pat Jones, D-Holladay, said parents and children need to learn the risks posed by the ultraviolet light from tanning beds. Jones says Utah has the highest rate of melanoma in the nation and tanning beds have been proven to be dangerous.
Some in the tanning industry, and teens who like to tan, say the decision by the Senate today is not a victory for freedom of choice.
The Senate passed the bill 18-9. It now goes to the House