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Legislature Gives Final Approval to State Rep. Gary Cross’s Legislation to Require Minors to Obtain Parental Consent before Tanning

Legislature Gives Final Approval to State Rep. Gary Cross’s  Legislation to Require Minors to Obtain Parental Consent before Tanning

May 13, 2014

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Minors would need the consent of their parents before using a commercial tanning bed under legislation approved by the Missouri General Assembly Monday night. Sponsored by state Rep. Gary Cross, the legislation was approved by the House by a vote of 103-38.

Cross said the bill empowers parents by giving them a say in whether their children should be allowed to use tanning devices that can lead to skin cancer.

“There is no doubt that parents should have the final say in whether their children are allowed to use these lightly-regulated devices that evidence has proven can cause cancer. We know kids don’t make the best decisions on their own and we know skin cancer is the most common form of cancer among adolescents. By putting this into law we can give parents the ability to protect their children and potentially save lives,” said Cross, R-Lee’s Summit.

Cross’s bill (HB 1411) states that a parent or guardian of any person younger than 17 years of age prior to the minor using a tanning device in a tanning facility to annually appear in person at the facility and sign an acknowledgment stating that he or she has read and understands the warnings given by the facility and consents to the minor's use of a tanning device at the facility. Any tanning facility violating the provisions of the act shall be subject to a $100 fine for the first violation, a $250 fine for the second violation, and a $500 fine for each subsequent violation.

“I have worked on this bill for almost four years now in an effort to protect young people from the dangers of tanning. I am thrilled that my colleagues have joined me in supporting this much-needed protection.,” said Cross.

The bill now moves to the governor’s desk for his approval.

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