Columbus — Teens would have to have their parents’ permission to use tanning beds, under legislation moved by the Ohio House June 4.
HB 131 would require parental consent for salon customers younger than 18, with potential fines or license suspensions for businesses that fail to collect signatures in advance.
The legislation passed on a vote of 88-4 and heads to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.
Sponsoring Rep. Terry Johnson (R-McDermott) said the bill is not a ban on youngsters using tanning beds.
“Parents will still have the option to allow their kids to tan if they so choose,” he said. “HB 131 does, however, implement some safeguards that we have methodically worked out with the tanning industry, the dermatologists and the Board of Cosmetology.”
HB 131 would require consent forms for anyone using “fluorescent sun lamp tanning services at a tanning facility,” according to an analysis by the state’s Legislative Service Commission.
Adults (those 18 or older) could sign the forms themselves one time, and they would remain in effect “indefinitely.”
Those age 16 or 17 would need to have a parent or legal guardian sign in person at the business, with the resulting forms valid for 45 tanning sessions over the following 90 days.
Children younger than 16 would require consent forms signed by a parent or legal guardian in person for each tanning session, and the latter would have to remain at the business during the session.
The state Board of Cosmetology, in consultation with state health officials and others, would be required to develop the consent forms.
Marc Kovac is the Dix Capital Bureau Chief. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at OhioCapitalBlog.