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RI lawmakers approve restrictions on teen tanning

June 13, 2012
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PROVIDENCE, R.I.—The Rhode Island General Assembly has approved legislation that would prohibit minors from using indoor tanning facilities without a doctor's permission or parental consent.

The legislation is a compromise from an earlier version that would have banned those under the age of 18 from using indoor tanning facilities altogether.

Under the bill, minors wishing to tan would have to have a prescription from a licensed physician for UV radiation treatment, or a parent or guardian would have to sign a written consent form every other time the teen has a tanning session.

The legislation, which would go into effect Jan. 1, was sponsored by state Sen. Rhoda Perry and state Rep. Eileen Naughton.

It now goes to the governor.

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