It appears an outright ban on minors using tanning beds in North Carolina could soon become law.
The legislation would ban anyone under 18 from using tanning beds, and also require operators and owners of tanning facilities to get a signature from consumers acknowledging the health risks of exposure to ultra violet radiation.
North Carolina’s House of Representatives overwhelming passed the bill on April 21.
And on Tuesday, a Senate committee approved the bill and sent it to the Senate floor for a vote. Current laws require parental permission for children age 14 to 17 to use a bed and a doctor's written prescription for those 13 and under.
The bill is called the Jim Fulghum Teen Skin Cancer Prevention Act. Jim Fulghum was a state representative from Wake County who died of cancer last July.
If approved, the ban would go into effect October 1, 2015.