OLYMPIA – Should Washington State have a “tan ban”?
“The younger you are when you start tanning, the higher the incidents later in life of melanoma,” says Rep. Jeannie Darneille, who has sponsored a bill in the House to place an age restriction on tanning beds.
It is part of a comprehensive bill which takes aim at the whole tanning salon industry.
“We currently have no regulation, no licenses, no registration at the beds, nothing,” says Darneille, who also suggests annual license fees, and bed fees, for salon owners.
“They are trying to limit our ability to do business,” says Seattle Sun Tan CEO Scott Swerland. “Putting more fees on to small businesses, does not stimulate the economy.”
Swerland calls Darneille’s claims “all theory”, and believes his business operates in a safe environment. He says children under the age of 18 need parental consent before entering a bed.
A Senate version of the bill would put the age restriction at 16.
Both bills have a public hearing in Olympia on Thursday.
The Senate’s Labor, Commerce and Consumer Protection committee hears the bill at 10am in Senate Hearing Room 4. The House’s Health Care and Wellness committee will hear it’s version at 10am in House Hearing Room B.