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House Kills Under-18 Tanning Ban

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The bill was endorsed by its house committee as a way to protect the minors from skin damage that could contribute to cancer, but on the house floor it provoked a heated debate over parental rights and the proper role of government.  Steve Vaillancourt is a Republican from Manchester.

"A young women if this bill passes can get an abortion, but not a tan, an abortion would be legal but a tan would not, think of it."

Moments later the House voted 175-154 to both kill the bill and bar the issue from coming up again this year.

Right now, anyone under 18 needs a parent's permission to use a tanning booth.

Anyone under 14 needs a doctor's order. 

Josh has worked at NHPR since 2000.

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