State lawmakers move to ban teen-agers from tanning booths, sort of.
Sen. Jeremy Nordquist of Omaha first sought to keep anyone under 16 from indoor tanning salons.
“I’ll admit when this idea, the concept of restricting indoor tanning was brought to me, I’m sure like many of my colleagues probably didn’t treat it with the gravity that it demands,” Nordquist told colleagues at the beginning of floor debate.
Nordquist could not have meant Sen. John Harms of Scottsbluff, who stated the bill as filed did not go far enough.
“My major concern is we know for a fact, the research shows us very clearly, this causes cancer,” Harms said.
The potential harm of an artificial tan from a tanning booth wasn’t debated as much as the proper role of government and whether parents should be allowed a say in the matter.
Originally, LB 132 would have prohibited anyone 15 and younger from indoor tanning unless they had a note from a doctor. Some lawmakers objected to the absence of parental consent. Others countered that parental consent isn’t an issue when the state prohibits juveniles from buying tobacco products.
A compromise has been reached that softens the measure.
Under the measure as amended, youth under 16 years of age cannot patronize tanning salons unless accompanied by a parent or a legal guardian.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:40]