[MMA News Now, May 15, 2014]
A key legislative priority for the MMA - prohibiting minor's access to artificial tanning devices - worked its way through the Health and Human Services policy omnibus conference committee earlier this week and now goes for final approval in the House and Senate.
Under the provision, minors would be barred from accessing commercial artificial tanning facilities as well as tanning stations in condominiums, apartments and other non-conventional facilities where a business is making money from tanning equipment.
Current law allows those 15 years and younger to tan with parental consent while allowing those 16 and older to tan anytime without parental knowledge.
In addition, the bill includes a requirement that businesses post a sign at the point of sale notifying consumers of the new law.
The bill has been supported by a coalition of physician groups including the Minnesota Dermatologic Society, the MMA, the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians, the Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatricians, and the American Cancer Association.