SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (IRN) – A measure to ban minors from tanning salons has failed in an Illinois House Committee.
The measure, sponsored by State Rep. Robyn Gabel (D-Evanston), failed on a 4-6 vote. The bill would have prevented those under 18 from using a tanning salon, even with parental consent – which is currently required by law.
State Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago) chairs the Human Services Committee, which failed to pass House Bill 1666. He, however, voted in favor of it.
“There’s precedent for the government making a decision that minors should not be able to access things which are known to cause cancer,” says Harris.
He says the state already bans cigarette and alcohol sales to minors. Though many people don’t consider tanning as dangerous as heavy smoking or drinking, Harris says scientific evidence shows artificial UV rays are a “level one carcinogen,” which is on the same level as cigarettes.
Many of those who voted against the bill in committee feel it should be a parent’s decision on whether his or her child should be allowed to go tanning.
The proposal still has a chance in the Senate, where State. Sen. Jeffrey Schoenburg (D-Evanston) has introduced mirror legislation. Senate Bill 1329 has yet to go in front of a committee.
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