Some lawmakers are pushing for the state to start regulating tanning businesses, a move they say will reduce the risk of skin cancer.
At a hearing Thursday, supporters of House Bill 1363 argued that licensing tanning salons and prohibiting most young people from using beds are important public health steps. But opponents said regulation would hurt small businesses and cut jobs.
Rep. Jeannie Darneille, D-Tacoma, is the primary sponsor of the bill, which would prohibit people under 18 from using tanning beds unless they have a prescription and would require tanning companies to have special licenses, which could cost up to $500.
The proposal would also require operators to be nearby any time a person is tanning, make tanning companies post warnings and impose penalties, including a fine and possible misdemeanor charges, for violating the bill’s provisions.
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Under current law, tanning companies do not have any licensing requirements beyond those of all businesses in Washington.
Senate Bill 5593, a similar bill under consideration in the Senate Labor, Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee, would also require tanning companies to get licenses and would allow people 16 and older to use tanning beds.
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