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Indoor Tanning Restrictions for Minors - A State-by-State Comparison

Girl putting on sun screen
Updated August 2014

NEWS:

July, 2014: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer.
Washington, DC: U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services, Office of the Surgeon General; 2014.

May 29, 2014, Sunlamps and tanning beds get FDA warning

While exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light is fairly consistent across age groups, research indicates that high risk exposure happens more commonly in teens and that blistering sunburns and overexposure during childhood greatly increase the chances of developing skin cancer later in life.  Because sun (and UV) exposure in childhood and the teenage years can be so damaging, policymakers in some states are regulating minors' use of tanning devices (like tanning beds).  California, Delaware, Illinois, Louisiana, Minnesota, Nevada, Oregon, Texas and Vermont ban the use of tanning beds for all minors under 18. At least 41 states and the District of Columbia regulate the use of tanning facilities by minors (see state statute table below for current laws). Some counties and cities also regulate the use of tanning devices, including Howard County, Maryland, which was the first local jurisdiction to ban indoor tanning for all minors under age 18, as well as Chicago and others.

Recent recommendations from the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a subsidiary of the World Health Organization, state, "Policymakers should consider enacting measures, such as prohibiting minors and discouraging young adults from using indoor tanning facilities, to protect the general population from possible additional risk for melanoma." Click here to view the report and recommendations from the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

There are two categories of skin cancer, Melanoma and nonmelanoma.  Melanoma is treatable if caught early, but because it is likely to spread to other parts of the body, it is very dangerous and potentially fatal.  In 2013, the American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates 76,690 new cases of melanoma in the United States and 9,480 deaths from the disease during the year.  Risk factors for Melanoma include UV exposure and sunburn, blistering sunburns during childhood or teenage years, fair skin, freckles, moles and a family history of melanoma.  ACS recommends avoiding sunlight between 10 am and 4 pm (daylight time) when the sun's rays are strongest, avoiding indoor tanning devices and sun lamps, using and re-applying sunscreen when exposed to UV rays, covering skin with clothing, and wearing hats and sunglasses.1 

Sun exposure causes most nonmelanoma skin cancers, including basal and squamous cell carcinomas. The Skin Cancer Foundation estimates that over 3.5 million people are diagnosed with a nonmelanoma cancer annually.2  Nonmelanoma skin cancer rarely spreads to other parts of the body and, if detected early, is treatable and has excellent survival rates. The National Cancer Institute reports that non-melanoma skin cancer is the most common type of cancer for all people.  Just under half of Americans who live to age 65 will have this cancer at least once.3

Legislators, legislative staff and media looking for more information may contact Karmen Hanson at health-info@ncsl.org.

1. American Cancer Society, Cancer Prevention & Early Detection Facts & Figures 2013. p. 31.

2. Skin Cancer Foundation website. Accessed 4/16/2013.

3. National Cancer Institute. National Institutes of Health webpage accessed 4/16/2013.
 

LegisBrief: Reducing Skin Cancer Risks


50 State Map (being updated for August, 2014 publish date)


Indoor Tanning
People of all ages use tanning beds, booths and sunlamps year-round. Young, non-Hispanic white women are the most common users. Frequent exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays for individuals under the age of 35 increases the risk of developing melanoma—the most aggressive and deadliest form of skin cancer—by 75 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The American Cancer Society estimates 76,000 new cases and nearly 9,200 deaths from melanoma in 2012. Risks to developing the deadly skin cancer include:

  • Age—burns or blisters from UV rays in childhood and adolescence;
  • Fair skin—with freckles and moles; and
  • Genetics—a family history of the disease.

The American Academy of Dermatology Association, Environmental Protection Agency, Food and Drug Administration, Indoor Tanning Association, National Cancer Institute, and the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention, have each made recommendations regarding the use of tanning devices—from requiring parental consent for minors to banning all use by children under age 18.

Options for Policymakers
At least 41 states and D.C. regulate indoor tanning for minors. California, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Minnesota, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Vermont and Washington ban the use of ultraviolet tanning devices by anyone under age 18. Other state laws combine various restrictions.

For example, Delaware, New Hampshire and North Dakota ban the use of indoor tanning by anyone under age 14 unless medically necessary—subsequently requiring parental accompaniment and parental consent for those between 14 and 18 years of age. At least 23 states require operators to limit exposure time to manufacturers’ recommendations and provide eye protection. Along with requiring parental permission for minors, Arizona also requires public schools to provide education about risks to developing skin cancer.

Sources: American Cancer Society, Melanoma Skin Cancer Overview (Atlanta, Ga.: ACS, 2012). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Skin Cancer: Indoor Tanning (Atlanta, Ga.: CDC, 2012). National Cancer Institute, State Cancer Legislative Database: Update, winter 2012 (Bethesda, Md.: NCI, 2012). National Conference of State Legislatures, Tanning Restrictions for Minors: A State by State Comparison (Denver, Colo.: NCSL, 2012). This postcard was supported by Cooperative Agreement Number 5U58DP001320-04 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Tanning Restrictions For Minors--State Laws
 

State

Statute or Measure

Ban

Parental Accompaniment

Parental Permission or Consent Required

Other

 Alabama  HB 254 Under 15 Age 15 Age 15-17 Effective 6 months after signing (Sept. 1, 2014)

 Arizona

 Ariz. Admin. Code R12-1-1414 A2

 N/A

 N/A

 Under 18, in person. 

 Operator must limit exposure time to manufacturer's recommendation; provide eye protection.

 Arkansas

 Ark. Stat. Ann. § 20-27-2202

 N/A

 N/A

 Under 18, in person.

 N/A

 California

 Cal. Bus. and Prof. Code
§ 22706 of, and adds Section 2241.3 (As of Jan. 1, 2012)

 Under 18

 N/A

 N/A

 As of Jan. 1, 2012, CA was the first state in the nation to ban use of UV indoor tanning device for ALL minors under 18.

 Connecticut

 Conn. Gen. Stat. § 19a-232

 Under 17

 N/A

N/A

 N/A

 Delaware

 Del. Code Ann. tit. 16 § 30D

 

SB 94 (2014)

 Under 14; unless medically necessary and with a doctor's prescription and parental consent.

Under 18 ban for all minors, effective 1/1/15.

 Under 14

 

 

N/A

 Between 14 and 18 or for under 14 with a prescription, in person; valid for 12 months.

N/A

N/A

UV tanning prohibited for all minors after 1/1/15.

 District of Columbia  Rule 25F-100

 
 Under 14  Ages 14-15  Between 14 and 18, in person  

 Florida

 Fla. Stat. Ann. 
§ 381.89 (1998)

 N/A

 Under 14

 Between 14 and 18; agrees to wear eye protection.

 Operator must limit time to manufacturer's maximum exposure recommendation; provide eye  protection.

 Georgia

 Ga. Code Ann. 
§ 31-38-8 (1996)

 Under 14

 N/A

 Between and including 14 to 17, in person.

 Operator must provide eye protection.

 Hawaii  HB 611 (2014)  Under 18  N/A  N/A  

 Illinois

 Ill. Admin. Code  (HB 188 from 2013)
Title 77; Sec. 795.190 (c)

 Under 18

 N/A

 N/A

 

 Indiana

 Ind. Code Ann. § 25-8-15.4-15 and 16

 N/A

 Under 16

 Under 18, in person.  

 Operator must limit time to administrative or  manufacturer's maximum exposure recommendation; provide eye protection.

 Kentucky

 Ky. Rev. Stat. § 217.922

 N/A 

 Under 14 

 Ages 14 through 17; agrees to wear eye protection; valid for 12 months.

 N/A

 Louisiana

 La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §
40:2701 to 40:2718 (2005)

HB 746 (2014)- Will ban use by minors under 18 as of 8/1/14

 N/A

 

Under 18, Effective 8/1/14. Refer to existing statute for current law.

 Under 14

 Ages 14 through 17, in person; agrees to wear eye protection.

 Operator must limit time to administrative or manufacturer's maximum exposure recommendation; provide eye protection. All requirements here.

 Maine

 10-144 Dept. of Human Services ch. 223 12A (3)(f)

 Under 14

 14 and 15

 14 and older, in person; valid for 12 months.

 Operator must limit time to administrative or manufacturer's maximum exposure recommendation; provide and require eye protection. See full description here.

 Maryland

 Md. Health Code Ann. § 20-106

 N/A

 N/A

 Under 18, in person.

 N/A

 Massachusetts

 Mass. Gen. Laws Ann. ch. 111 Public Health § 211

 N/A

 Under 14

 14 to 17

 Operator must limit time to administrative maximum exposure recommendation; provide and require eye protection.

 Michigan

 Mich. Comp. Laws Ann. § 333.13405

 N/A

 N/A

 Under 18, in person.

 Operator must require eye protection.

 Minnesota

 Minn. Stat. Ann. § 325H.08

HF 2402 (2014)
(Article 6, Sec. 24-25)

 N/A 

 Under 18 *Effective 7/1/14

 N/A

 Under 16, in person. Until 7/1/14

 Operator must limit time to manufacturer's maximum exposure recommendation; provide and require eye protection.

 Mississippi

 Department of Health Regulations § Miss Code Ann. § 41-115-1

 N/A

 Under 14

 Between 14 and 17, in person.

 Operator must limit time to manufacturer's maximum exposure recommendation; provide and require eye protection.

 Missouri

 HB 1411 (2014)
 Effective 8/28/14

N/A  N/A Under 18, signed once per year in person  
 Nebraska  LB 132 (2014)
 Effective 7/18/14
 N/A Under 16 Under 16  Signed 3/24/14
 Nevada  SB 267/ Chapter 407 (2013) Effective 7/1/13  Under 18  N/A  N/A  

 New  Hampshire

 N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § tit. XXX 313-A:31

 Under 14; unless  medically necessary.

 Under 14

 Under 18, in person; valid for 12 sessions.

 N/A

 New Jersey

 N.J. Rev. Stat. § C. 26:2D-82.1
A2142/S1172 (2013) Gov's statement

 Under 17 for UV bed tanning

 Under 14 for spray tanning

 First time for minors age 17.

 Must be signed on first visit for  minors age 17.

 Operator must limit time to administrative maximum exposure recommendation; require eye protection.

 New York

 N.Y. Public Health Law § 3555

 N.Y. Public Health Law (As of Aug. 16, 2012) AB 1074 (same as)  S 2917

 Under 17 

 N/A

  

 Operator must require eye protection.

 North Carolina

 N.C. Gen. Stat. § 104E-9.1

15A NCAC 11 .1418

 Under 14; unless  medically necessary.

 N/A

 Under 18

 Operator must limit time to manufacturer's maximum exposure recommendation; provide eye protection.

 North Dakota

 N.C. Cent. Code § 23-39

 Under 14; unless medically necessary.

 Under 14

 Under 18, in person; valid for 12 months.

 Operator must limit time to manufacturer's maximum exposure recommendation; provide and require eye protection.

 Ohio

 Ohio Admin. Code 4713-19-05 

 N/A

 N/A

 Under 18, in person; valid for number of tanning sessions as specified by parent.

 Operator must limit time to manufacturer's maximum exposure recommendation; provide eye protection.

 Oregon

 OAR 333-119-0090 (2)
 HB 2896 (2013)

Under 18

 N/A

 Under 18 only permitted with a doctor's prescription.

 Operator must limit time to manufacturer's maximum exposure recommendation; provide and require eye protection.

 Pennsylvania  HB 1259 (2014) *Effective 60 days after governor's signature Under 16  N/A Age 17 Operator must post warning signs and meet inspection regulations.

 Rhode Island

 Department of Health Rules and Regulations for the Registration of Tanning Facilities Part III; Sec. 9.5

 S 2322 
(same as H 7825)

 N/A 

 

 N/A

 N/A

 

 N/A

 Under 18, in person.

 

 Under 18, in person, acknowledging the risks, completed for every 2 visits.
 Or must have a doctor's written prescription.

 Operator must limit time to manufacturer's maximum exposure recommendation; provide and require eye protection.

 South Carolina

 S.C. Code Ann. § ch. 61, sec. 106.3.7.1 and 106.3.5 – 106.3.5.2

 N/A

 N/A

 Under 18, in person. 

 Operator must provide and require eye protection.

 Tennessee

 Tenn. Code Ann. § 68-117-104

 N/A

 Under 14

 Under 18, in person.

 Operator must limit time to manufacturer's maximum exposure recommendation; provide and require eye protection.

 Texas

 Tex. Health and Safety Code Ann. § 145.008
 

 Under 18 

 N/A

N/A

 Operator must limit time to manufacturer's maximum exposure recommendation; provide and require eye protection.

 Utah

§ 26-15-13

 N/A

  Under 18

 Under 18, in person; with signed permission slip or order from physician.

 Operator must provide and require eye protection.

 Vermont  H 157  Under 18  N/A  N/A   Bans use of UV tanning beds by minors under 18. VT was the second state to pass such legislation.

 Virginia

 Va. Code § 59.1-310.3

 N/A

 N/A

 Under 15 and not emancipated; valid for 6 months.

 N/A

 Washington  SB 6065 Chapter 87 (2014) Eff. 6/12/14  Under 18  N/A  N/A  
 West Virginia

 WV Code. § 16-45-3

(SB 464 2013)

 Under 14  N/A  Between 14 and 18.  

 Wisconsin

 Wis. Code Ann. § 255.08 (9)(a)

 Under 16

  N/A

 N/A

 Operator must limit time to manufacturer's maximum exposure recommendation; provide and require eye protection.

 Wyoming
 

 Enrolled Act 36, 2010

 N/A

 Under 15

 Between 15 and 18, in person and accompaniment; valid for 12 months.

 N/A

 

Source: Aim at Melanoma, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and NCSL- Powered by StateNet, 2014.


2013-2014 Introduced Legislation
(please also see 2011-2012 table below for potentially carried-over bills)

 
 State  Bill Description

 Alabama
 HB 179

 

 HB 254


 SB 233

 
 Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using an indoor UV tanning facility. Would also regulate warnings displays and consent forms. (Introduced 2/6/13)
 
 Prohibits minors under age 15 from using an indoor UV tanning facility. Requires parental accompaniment and written, in-person consent for any use by a 15 year old, and parental in-person, consent for 16 and 17 year olds. (Signed by governor 3/3/14)
 
 
Would prohibit minors under age 15 from using an indoor UV tanning facility. Would also require parental accompaniment and written, in-person consent for any use by a 15 year old, and parental in-person, consent for 16 and 17 year olds. Would also allow for a doctor's prescription for someone under age 15.

 Arizona
 
HB 2402
 
 Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using an indoor UV tanning facility. (Introduced 1/13)

 Colorado
 HB 1215

 

HB 1054

 
 Would prohibit minors under age 15 from using an indoor UV tanning facility unless the use is prescribed by a physician. Would require parental consent form or prescription for minors 15 and up to 18. (Introduced 2/4/13)
 

 Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using an indoor UV tanning facility unless the use is prescribed by a physician. (Passed House 3/14/14)

 Connecticut 
 HB 5108

 

SB 872

 
 Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using an indoor UV tanning facility without written parent or guardian consent. (Sent to committee 1/9/13)

 Would prohibit minors under age 17 from using an indoor UV tanning facility without a physician's referral. (Passed Senate and House, signed by governor 6/5/13)

 Delaware
 SB 94
 
 Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using an indoor UV tanning facility. (Sent to committee 6/4/13)

 Florida
 
SB 1674

 

SB 572

 HB 499 (similar to SB 572)

 
Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using an indoor UV tanning facility without a physician's referral. (Introduced 3/1/13)

 
Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using an indoor UV tanning facility without a physician's referral and parental permission and accompaniment. (Introducted 1/14)

 Hawaii
 HB 611

 SB 399

 HB 1783

 SB 2221

 
 Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using an indoor UV tanning facility. (Pending introduction 1/18/13)
 
Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using an indoor UV tanning facility. (Sent to committee 1/22/13)
 
Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using an indoor UV tanning facility. (Sent to committee 1/21/14)
 
Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using an indoor UV tanning facility. (Passed out of committee 2/12/14)

 Idaho
 HB 191

 

 HB 268

 Would prohibit minors under age 15 from using an indoor UV tanning facility. Would require in-person parental or guardian permission or doctor's prescription for use by a minor between 16 and 18. Would restrict allowed minors to no more than 2 tanning sessions per week. (Sent to committee 2/20/13)

 
 Would prohibit minors under age 15 from using an indoor UV tanning facility unless prescribed by a physician for a medical condition. Minors between 16
 and 18 would be allowed to use an indoor UV tanning facility with either a prescription from a physician or by in-person and written parental permission.
 (Passed House committee 3/14/13)

 Illinois
 HB 188

 SB 2244
 Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using an indoor UV tanning facility. Would allow use of home phototherapy devices while under a physician's care. (Signed by governor 8/15/13)
 Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using an indoor UV tanning facility. Would allow for use of spray tanning. (Sent to committee 2/15/13)

 Indiana
 SB 269


 SB 50

 
 Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using an indoor UV tanning facility. Would also repeal a provision requiring a person less than 16 years of age to be accompanied by a parent or guardian when using a tanning device in a tanning facility. (Introduced 1/8/13)
 Would prohibit minors under age 16 from using an indoor UV tanning facility. (SIgned by governor, 3/25/14)

 Iowa
 HF 257

 SF 248

 HF 2030

 SF 2174

 
 Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using an indoor UV tanning facility. (Introduced 2/19/13)
 Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using an indoor UV tanning facility. (Sent to committee 2/26/13)
 Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using an indoor UV tanning facility. (Sent to committee 1/22/14)
 Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using an indoor UV tanning facility. (Sent to committee 2/13/14) 
 Kansas
 
HB 2435
 
 Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using an indoor UV tanning facility unless they are given permission by a doctor. (Amended in committe 2/7/14)
 Louisiana
 HB 746
 Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using a UV tanning device. (Passed Senate and House adopted amendments 5/12/14. Headed to governor's desk.)
 Maine
 LD 272

 
Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using an indoor UV tanning facility. (Passed by House and Senate, vetoed by governor, override failed 4/9/13)

 Maryland
 SB 410

 
 SB 488


 HB 310


Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using an indoor UV tanning facility without a signed parental permission form. (Sent to committee 1/23/14)

Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using an indoor UV tanning facility without a signed parental permission form. (Introduced 1/31/13)

Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using an indoor UV tanning facility without a signed, on-site, parental permission form. (SEnt to committee 1/22/14)

 Massachusetts
 SB 1105

 
SB 1904

 
 Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using an indoor UV tanning facility. (Introduced 1/22/13)

 Would prohibit minors under age 16 from using an indoor UV tanning facility, and would require parents to accompany and sign a waiver for children age 16 and 17. (Bill accompanies SB 1105)

 Michigan
 HB 4405
 
Would prohibit minors under age  18 from using an indoor UV tanning facility. (Introduced 3/12/13)

 Minnesota
 HF 676
 
 SF 816

 HF 2402

 
 Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using an indoor UV tanning facility. (Introduced 2/18/13)
 Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using an indoor UV tanning facility. (Introduced 2/26/13)

 Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using an indoor UV fanning facility. (Introduced 

 Missouri
 
HB 47
 
  

 HB 72

 
 HB 1411

 
Would prohibit minors under age 17 from using an indoor UV tanning facility without written parental consent that acknowledges warnings. (Read second time 1/10/13)
 
Would prohibit minors under age 6 from using indoor UV tanning facilities or allowing a parent of such child to allow the use of a tanning device. (Read second time 1/10/13)

 Would prohibit minors under age 17 from using an indoor UV tanning facility without written parental consent. (Passed House and Senate and sent to the governor 5/12/14) Becomes effective 8/28/14

 Montana
 
HB 456
 
Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using an indoor UV tanning facility without written parental consent and presence. Would also limit the number of visits allowed with permission to no more than 12 per year. (Introduced 2/13/13)
 Nebraska
 
LB 132
 
Would create the Skin Cancer Prevention Act which would prohibit minors under age 16 from using an indoor UV tanning facility without parental permission, impose a fine, as well as require a warning sign listing the risks of ultraviolet radiation and other information. (Signed by governor 3/28/14)
 Nevada
 SB 267
 
Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using an indoor UV tanning facility. (Passed both Assembly and Senate, signed by governor 6//13) Becomes effective 7/1/13
 New Hampshire
 HB 1351
 
Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using an indoor UV tanning facility. Included physician prescription exemption for phototherapy devices. (Introduced and sent to committee 1/8/14)
 New Jersey
 A 2142 (formerly A2933 and same as
 S 1172)
 Identical bill numbers: A2867,  A3640, A3104

 

As amended, would prohibit minors under the age of 17 from indoor tanning beds. A minor older than 14 but less than 18 may use spray tanning with consent from parent/legal guardian. (Signed by governor 4/1/13)
 

 North Carolina
 
HB 18 


 
SB 167
 
 Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using an indoor UV tanning facility unless they have a written prescription from their physician. (Passed House, sent to Senate 3/21/13 - could be held over to next session)

 Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using an indoor UV tanning facility. (Introduced 3/4/13)
 North Dakota
 
HB 1188


 Would repeal chapter 23‑39 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the regulation of UV tanning facilities. (Sent to committee, heard on 1/21/13)

 Ohio
 
HB 131

 

SB 113


 Would clarify that a tanning facility is one that uses either UV or chemical tanning equipment (spray/sunless, etc...) and that a prescription is required for  anyone under 18. Would require facilities to make reasonable efforts to determine that the UV tanning customer is over 18. (Introduced 4/17/13)
 Would clarify that a tanning facility is one that uses either UV or chemical tanning equipment (spray/sunless, etc...) and that a prescription is required for anyone under 18. Would require facilities to make reasonable efforts to determine that the UV tanning customer is over 18. (Introduced 4/17/13)
 
 Oklahoma
 SB 345 
 

 SB 816
 
 Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using an indoor UV tanning facility and would provide for additional safety requirements for adult use. (Introduced 1/14/13)
 Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using an indoor UV tanning facility. Would allow minors' use of phototherapy device by prescription only if legal guardian also signs authorizing statement. (Introduced 1/18/13)
 Oregon
 HB 2896
 Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using an indoor UV tanning facility without a physicians referral. (Passed House, Passed Senate, signed by governor 5/16/13)
 Pennsylvania
 HB 977

 HB 1259

 SB 1020

 
Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using an indoor UV tanning facility. (Sent to committee 3/12/13)
 Would prohibit minors under age 17 from using an indoor UV tanning facility and require permission/consent for those age 17. (Introduced 5/13, Sent to governor 4/30/14)
 Would prohibit minors between 16 and 18 from using an indoor UV tanning facility without parental permission, and would require a doctor's prescription for someone under 16. Permission would have be given in person every 6 months by parent/guardian.

 Texas
 HB 598
 

 SB 329
 
Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using an indoor UV tanning facility and would require a signed written statement that they are aware of the potential risks of using such equipment. (Introduced 1/22/13)
 Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using an indoor UV tanning facility. (Passed House 5/14/13, Passed Senate 4/17, made law without governor's signature 6/17/13)

 Virginia 
 SB 1274

 

 SB 479

 SB 681(Same as SB 479)


 SB 773

 
Would prohibit minors under age 14 from using an indoor UV tanning facility and would require legal guardian written consent for unemancipated children ages of 15, 16 and 17 years old. (Introduced 1/14/13)

 Would prohibit minors under age 15 from using an indoor UV tanning facility and would require legal guardian written consent for unemancipated children ages of 15, 16 and 17 years old. (Reported out of committee 1/13/14, 8Y-5N-1A)

 

Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using an indoor UV tanning facility. (Introduced and sent to committee1/7/14)

 Washington
 HB 1585 

 SB 5455

 SB 5521

 
 Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using an indoor UV tanning facility, and would provide for penalties for facility infractions. (Introduced 1/31/13)
 Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using an indoor UV tanning facility, and would provide for penalties for facility infractions. (Introduced 1/31/13)
 Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using an indoor UV tanning facility, and would provide for penalties for facility infractions. (Introduced 2/1/13)

 West Virginia
 
HB 2768
 

 SB 464

 
 Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using an indoor UV tanning facility. (Introduced and sent to committee 1/9/14)
 
Prohibits minors under age 14 from using an indoor UV tanning facility, requires parental permission for 15 until 18. (Signed by governor 5/1/13)

 Wisconsin
 SB 590

 Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using an indoor UV tanning facility unless a guardian signs an informed consent form in person. (Introduced and sent to committee 2/14/14)

 

Source: NCSL- Powered by StateNet, 2014.




2011-2012 Introduced Legislation
(please also see 2010 for any additional potentially carried-over bills)

 
State Bill Description
 Arizona 
 HB 2596
 Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using indoor tanning facilities.
 Colorado
 HB 1170
 Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using indoor tanning facilities without consent, and for minors under 14, the guardian must remain on site at all times. Consent forms would expire after six months. Provides for additional facility regulation and penalties.
 Florida
 SB 360 (same as HB 1043)
 SB 1043
 SB 1044
 Would amend current law, prohibiting tanning for those under age 14 and requiring parent consent, in person, for those under 18. Parent must specify number of tanning sessions allowed for the 12-month duration of consent.
 Would prohibit minors between 14 and 18 from using indoor tanning facilities without parental consent or a doctor's prescription.
 Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using indoor tanning devices.
 Idaho
 H 0486
 Would prohibit minors under age 14 from using indoor tanning devices unless prescribed by a physician.
 Illinois (also see 2011)
 SB 2816 
 HB 4017
 Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using indoor tanning devices.
 Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using indoor tanning devices.
 Indiana
 HB 1115
 Would establish regulations for spray-tanning of minors, including guardian permission.
 Iowa
 HSB 35
 Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using indoor tanning devices unless prescribed by a physician.
 Kentucky
 HB 249
 Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using indoor tanning devices.
 Maryland
 HB 207 (identical to SB 213)
 SB 213
 Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using indoor tanning devices.
 Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using indoor tanning devices.
 Michigan
 HB 5276
 Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using indoor tanning devices.
 Minnesota
 HF 1328
 HF 1329
 
 Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using tanning facilities. Provides for addional facility regulation.
 Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using tanning facilities. Provides for addional facility regulation.
 Missouri
 HB 1283    
 HB 1343
 HB 1475
 
Would prohibit minors under age 15 from using tanning facilities. Would prohibit minors under age 16 from using tanning facilities.  Would require minors 16 until 18 to provide a consent form, signed by a parent/legal guardian at the tanning facility. Provides for additional facility regulation. Would mandate that a parent or guardian appear in person and sign a written statement before alowing a minor to use a tanning device at a tanning facility.
 New Jersey
 S 2119 (2010-2011)
 A 2142 (formerly A2933 and same as
 S 1172)
 Identical bill numbers: A2867,  A3640, A3104
 
 As amended, would prohibit minors under the age of 18 from indoor tanning beds. A minor older than 14 but less than 18 may use spray tanning with consent from parent/legal guardian. Would prohibit minors under the age of 18 from using indoor tanning beds. A minor who is at least 14 but less than 18 may use spray tanning with consent from parent/legal guardian.
 New York
 AB 1074 (same as)
 S 2917
 
 Would not allow the use of a ultraviolet radiation device by persons under 18.  
 North Carolina
 SB 471
 Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using a tanning bed unless prescribed by a physician.
 Oklahoma
 SB 1225
 Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using a tanning bed.
 Ohio
 HB 119
 Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using a tanning bed unless prescribed by a physician.
 Pennsylvania
 SB 349 

 HB 1919
 Would prohibit minors under age 14 from using a tanning bed unless prescribed by a physician and require all minors under 18 to be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian in order to use a tanning device for the first time and the parent/legal guardian must sign a consent form in the presence of the owner or operator. Consent if valid for 6 months. Would also provide for regulation.  
Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using a tanning bed. Would also provide for regulation.

 Puerto Rico
 HB 3013

 HB 3708

 SB 2126
 
 SB 2426

 
 Would create the Artificial Tanning Services Facility Permit Act; establishes the requirements to obtain and maintain a permit to operate a facility for artificial tanning services; imposes fines. (Passed both chambers and sent to the governor. Pocket vetoed by the governor 9/7/12)
 Would require tanning facilities to verify that their users or consumers are of age, and if children, to submit written consent from a parent or guardian.  (Introduced 10/21/11)
 Would regulate the use of Artificial Tanning Facilities and Services, for the purpose of regulating the use of facilities and services artificial tanning by minors; would impose penalties. (Introduced 5/9/11)
 Would prohibit the use of of tanning beds for children under 18 years of age to reduce the risks associated with skin cancer; would impose penalties for violations. (Introduced 12/21/11)

 Rhode Island
 S 0106
 H 5627
 S 2322

 Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using a tanning bed unless prescribed by a physician.
 Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using a tanning bed unless prescribed by a physician.
 Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using a tanning bed unless prescribed by a physician.
 Utah
 SB 41
 Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using a tanning device unless prescribed by a physician or accompanied by a parent and a signed permission slip. (Signed into law by governor on 3/26/12)
 Vermont
 H 157
 Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using a tanning device.
(Passed both chambers and sent to the governor. Enacted into law without governor's signature 5/2/12)
 Washington
 HB 2250 
 SB 6249
 
Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using a tanning bed and provide for regulation. 
Would prohibit minors under age 18 from using a tanning bed and provide for regulation.
 West Virginia
  SB 73
 Would require parental consent for minors to use a tanning device within a tanning facility and parental accompaniment for minors under age 18 while using a tanning device within a tanning facility.


 2010 Introduced Legislation

State Bill Description
 Florida
 HB 205/ SB 430
 Did Not Pass
Would amend current law, prohibiting tanning for those under age 16 and requiring parental consent, in person, for those under age 18. Parent must specify number of tanning sessions allowed for the 12 month duration of consent.
 Georgia
 HB 853
 Did Not Pass
Would amend current law, adding restrictions to tanning facilities. Requires written parental consent for minors, ages 14 to 18 years old. Parental consent forms must be signed in the presence of the tanning facility operator or the parent / legal guardian must be present during the time in which the minor is using the tanning device. The consent provides restrictions to what devices can be used and how many times it can be used, a new consent must be signed every 30 days. Any minor under the age of 14 years old, must have their parent or legal guardian present while using tanning devices.
 Hawaii
 HB 653
 Did Not Pass
Would prohibit the use of tanning facilities to anyone under the age of 18 unless written parental/legal guardian consent is provided in front of a tanning facility operator. Requires government approved documentation to verify the age of all customers.
 Indiana
 HR 3
 Did Not Pass
Would assign to the Health Finance Commission the topic of prohibiting tanning for those under age 14.
 Kansas
 SB 101 
 Did Not Pass
Would prohibit the use of tanning facilities for anyone under the age of 14. Requires a parent or legal guardian to sign a consent form in the presence of the facility owner or authorized personnel before anyone age 14 through 18 may use the device.  Consent valid for 12 months.  The parental/guardian consent states that they have read and understood the warnings, consent to the minor's use and agree that the minor will wear protective eyewear.  Requires parent to show proof of guardianship and a minor must show proof of age.
 Maryland
 HB 1039/ SB 718
 Did Not Pass
Would prohibit owners, employees, and operators of tanning facilities from allowing minors to use specified tanning devices; prohibiting owners, employees, and operators of tanning facilities from distributing to minors passes, coupons, or packages redeemable for use of a tanning device.
 Massachusetts
 SB 903
Would prohibit the use of tanning devices to anyone under the age of 16. Minors ages 16-17 years old must provide written parental/guardian consent prior to using tanning devices. Before obtaining consent, the tanning facility shall provide to the parent or guardian a copy of the warnings required under section 209. The parent or guardian shall sign a statement in the presence of the operator acknowledging receipt and understanding of the warnings. The operator shall sign the written consent form as a witness to the signing of the parent or guardian. Tanning facility employees must be 18 years of age or older. 
 Minnesota
 HB 2296
 Did Not Pass
Would prohibit anyone under the age of 16 from using a tanning facility.
 Missouri
 HB 1822
 Did Not Pass
Would prohibits individuals younger than 16 years of age from using a tanning device. Before individuals younger than 18 years of age can use any device, his or her parent or guardian must go to the facility and sign a written statement acknowledging that he or she has read and understands all the warnings given by the facility and consents to the minor's use of a tanning device.  Would also allow for regulation of tanning facilities.
 New Hampshire
 HB 1160
 Did Not Pass
Would prohibit the use of tanning facilities to anyone under the age of 18 without written order from a physician.
 New York
 AB 9110/ SB 3461 
 AB 9199/SB 6905
 AB 9211
Would ban the use of an ultraviolet radiation device by persons under age 18 at tanning facilities.
Would ban the use of tanning device by persons under age 16 at tanning facilities.
Would require parental accompaniment or a doctor's recommendation for a person under age 18.
 Ohio
 HB 173
Would prohibit those under age 18 from using tanning services unless the individual presents a prescription for receiving ultraviolet radiation treatments written by a physician.
 Oklahoma
 SB 544
 Did Not Pass
 SB 1171
 Did Not Pass
Would prohibit use of a tanning device by a person under 13 without physicians' written order and parent/legal guardian present. Minors must be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian. Requires informed parent/ legal guardian consent statement for minors age 16 through 17. Punishment of violation is specified in the bill.Persons age 13 and under shall not be allowed to use tanning facilities in this state without a written order from a physician licensed in this state and without being accompanied by a parent or legal guardian for every use of the tanning facility.
 Pennsylvania
 SB 461
 SB 460
 HB 2048/ HB 1992
Would require a parent/legal guardian presence and consent for anyone under the age of 18 to use an indoor tanning facility.Would provide penalties to any tanning facilities that permits minors to use tanning devices for anyone without parent/legal guardian consent and presence.

Would require facility to provide and require use of protective goggles and limit exposure to manufacturer's recommendation. Would require parental consent, in person, for those under age 18 and ban use for those under age 14 without doctor's recommendation.
 Rhode Island
 S 2205
 Did Not Pass
 H 7274
 Did Not Pass
Would prohibit the use of tanning facilities by anyone under age 18.  Would also regulate equipment and facility.
 South Dakota
 S 154
 Did Not Pass
 S 158
 Did Not Pass
Would prohibit the use of tanning facilities by a minor. Would prohibit the use of tanning facilities by anyone under age 18. Would require parental permission for minors over 14 years old.  Would require a doctors order and parental accompaniment for anyone under 14 years old. Would also regulate equipment and facility.
 Vermont
 HB 53
 Did Not Pass
Would prohibit the use of tanning facilities by anyone under age 18, except when used for medical purposes.
 Washington
 HB 2652
 Did Not Pass
 SB 6663
 Did Not Pass
Would prohibit the use of tanning facilities by anyone under age 18, except when used for medical purposes. Would prohibit the use of tanning facilities by anyone under age 14 without a written prescription. Requires parental consent, in person, for those age 14 up to age 18 and requires the use of eye protection.
 West Virginia
 SB 118
 Did Not Pass
Would require parental accompaniment for use of tanning facilities by anyone under age 14 and parental consent for those age 14 up to age 18.
 Wyoming
 Act No. 114  (HB 63)
 Enacted
Would require parental accompaniment for use of tanning facilities by anyone under age 15 and require parental consent for those between ages 15-18.

 

2009 Introduced Legislation*

State Bill Description
Arkansas
HB 1920
Enacted
Requires a parent/legal guardian signature for any minor under the age of 18 who wishes to use a tanning facility. The legislation provides the consent parents/legal guardians would be signing.
Delaware
SB 90
Enacted
Creates a total ban on indoor tanning for any minors under the age of 14, unless it is medically necessary and prescribed by the specified practitioners. Requires minors between the ages of 14 and 17 to submit a consent form, signed by the parent or legal guardian in the presence of the tanning facility operator, before they are allowed to tan.
Florida
HB 771/SB 546
Did Not Pass
Would strengthen current law by requiring the parent or legal guardian of a minor between the ages of 16 and 18 to sign a written consent in the presence of the tanning facility operator before the minor is allowed to use a tanning device.  Parents/guardians must sign that they and read and understand the warnings, consent to the minor's use of the device, and agree that the minor will use protective eyewear.  Parents must also specify the number of tanning sessions the minor may participate in and is good for 12 months.  Restricts minors under age 16 from using tanning devices. Removes provision allowing anyone 14 or older to use tanning facility if accompanied by a parent/guardian.
Georgia
HB 853
Carryover
Would amend current law, adding restrictions to tanning facilities. Requires written parental consent for minors, ages 14 to 18 years old. Parental consent forms must be signed in the presence of the tanning facility operator or the parent / legal guardian must be present during the time in which the minor is using the tanning device. The consent provides restrictions to what devices can be used and how many times it can be used, a new consent must be signed every 30 days. Any minor under the age of 14 years old, must have their parent or legal guardian present while using tanning devices.
Hawaii
HB 653
Carryover
Would prohibit the use of tanning facilities to anyone under the age of 18 unless written parental/legal guardian consent is provided in front of a tanning facility operator. Requires government approved documentation to verify the age of all customers.
Kansas
SB 101 
Carryover
Would prohibit the use of tanning facilities for anyone under the age of 14. Requires a parent or legal guardian to sign a consent form in the presence of the facility owner or authorized personnel before anyone age 14 through 18 may use the device.  Consent valid for 12 months.  The parental/guardian consent states that they have read and understood the warnings, consent to the minor's use and agree that the minor will wear protective eyewear.  Requires parent to show proof of guardianship and a minor must show proof of age.
Maine
SP 137
Enacted
Amends current law by clarifying what it is expected from parent or legal guardian signature. Requires written consent prior to the use of a tanning device and states that consent is only valid for 12 months, after which a new written consent must be presented to the tanning facility. Prohibits use under the age of 14 and requires parental accompaniment under age 16.
Massachusetts
SB 903
Carryover
Would prohibit the use of tanning devices to anyone under the age of 16. Minors ages 16-17 years old must provide written parental/guardian consent prior to using tanning devices. Before obtaining consent, the tanning facility shall provide to the parent or guardian a copy of the warnings required under section 209. The parent or guardian shall sign a statement in the presence of the operator acknowledging receipt and understanding of the warnings. The operator shall sign the written consent form as a witness to the signing of the parent or guardian. Tanning facility employees must be 18 years of age or older. 
Minnesota
HB 2296
Carryover
Would prohibit anyone under the age of 16 from using a tanning facility.
Mississippi
HB 214  
Enacted
Amends current law. Prohibits the use of tanning facilities for a minor under the age of 14 unless a parent/guardian signs a written consent form in the presence of the facility operator and remains at the facility while the child uses the device.  Minors between the ages of 14 and 18 may use tanning devices with a parent or legal guardian's signed written consent.  Consent is valid for 12 months and may be revoked by a parent/guardian at any time.  Within the consent, parents/guardians must specify the maximum number of times a minor may use the device in a 12-month period.
Missouri
HB 352
Did Not Pass
Would strengthen current law by including restrictions on minors. Prohibits individuals younger than 16 years of age from using a tanning device.  Before individuals younger than 18 years of age can use any device in the facility, a parent or legal guardian must go to the facility and sign a written statement acknowledging that he or she has read and understands all warnings given by the facility and consents to the minor's use of a tanning device.
Montana
SB 357 
Did Not Pass
Would prohibit the use of tanning facilities to anyone under the age of 16 without written consent from parent or legal guardian indicating that they are aware of all warnings. The written consent requires minors to use protective eye gear. The consent is only valid for 12 months after which a new consent must be given to tanning facility operators.
Nevada
AB 150
Did Not Pass

AB 391
Did Not Pass
Would restrict the use of tanning facilities to anyone under the age of 18 unless written consent from a parent or legal guardian for the minor under 18 is provided. The written consent includes all warnings, must be signed in the presence of a tanning facility operator and expires 12 months from the date it is signed by the parent or legal guardian. The tanning facility is responsible for keeping all records pertaining to consents by parents or legal guardians.Would restrict any person under age 14 from using tanning equipment unless a physician provides written authorization for its use. This bill requires that operators of tanning equipment be at least 18 years of age. It also requires written parental/legal guardian consent for a person under age 16 to use tanning equipment, an operator of tanning equipment to be present the entire time that a person under 16 years of age uses tanning equipment. The required written parental consent expires after 12 uses of tanning equipment and may be renewed.
New Mexico
SB 513
Did Not Pass
Would prohibit the use of tanning facilities to anyone under the age of 14. Restricts the use of minors ages 14 to 18, requiring a written parent or guardian consent indicating that all warnings have been read. Tanning facilities are subject to a fine if violated.
New York
SB 3461 
AB 9199
AB 9211
Carryover
Would ban the use of an ultraviolet radiation device by persons under age 18 at tanning facilities.Would ban the use of tanning device by persons under age 16 at tanning facilities.Would require parental accompaniment or a doctor's recommendation for a person under age 18.
North Carolina
SB 890
Did Not Pass
Would raise the age for which use of tanning equipment requires a written prescription from 13 to 15 years old. The tanning facility operator shall not allow a person 15 years and younger to use tanning equipment without a written prescription from the person's medical physician specifying the nature of the medical condition requiring the treatment, the number of visits, and the time of exposure for each visit.
Ohio
HB 173 
Carryover
Sec. 4713.50. An operator or employee of a tanning facility shall not allow an individual who is under eighteen years of age to use the tanning services of the facility unless the individual presents a prescription for receiving ultraviolet radiation treatments written by a physician authorized under Chapter 4731. of the Revised Code to practice medicine and surgery or osteopathic medicine and surgery.
Oklahoma
SB 544
Carryover

SB 1171
Carryover
Would prohibit use of a tanning device by a person under 13 without physicians written and parent/legal guardian present. Minors must be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian. Requires informed parent/ legal guardian consent statement for minors age 16 through 17. Punishment of violation is specified in the bill.Persons age 13 and under shall not be allowed to use tanning facilities in this state without a written order from a physician licensed in this state and without being accompanied by a parent or legal guardian for every use of the tanning facility.
Oregon
SB 799
Did Not Pass
Would strengthen current law; Does not allow any minor under the age of 14 to use a tanning facility. Limits the use of tanning facilities for minors 14 to 18 by requiring parent/ legal guardian consent.
Pennsylvania
SB 461
SB 460
HB 2048
Carryover
Would require a parent/legal guardian presence and consent for anyone under the age of 18 to use an indoor tanning facility.Would provide penalties to any tanning facilities who permits minors to use tanning devices for anyone without parent/legal guardian consent and presence.

Would require facility to provide and require use of protective goggles and limit exposure to manufacturer's recommendation. Would require parental consent, in person, for those under age 18 and ban use for those under age 14 without doctor's recommendation.
South Dakota
SB 139
Did Not Pass
Would require a parent or legal guardian signature for every minor to use tanning facilities.
Texas
HB 1310 
Enacted
Requires a parent or legal guardian to sign consent form, in person, for children under 18. Prohibits the use of tanning facilities by anyone under the age of 16.5.  Minors are allowed to use the facilities if authorized by a physician.  Physician must specify the number of tanning session allowed; if they do not, minors will be allowed to use facilities for a 12-month period.  Parents/legal guardians must provide written consent (in presence of tanning device operator) and remain at the facility while the minor uses the tanning device.  The tanning facility is responsible for keeping all records pertaining to a minor's use of the facility.
Utah
HB 419
Did Not Pass
Would apply a 10 percent tax on amount charged for tanning services, funding the Melanoma Cancer Research and Education Fund.
Vermont
HB 53
Carryover
Would prohibit the use of tanning facilities by anyone under age 18, except when used for medical purposes.
West Virginia
SB 488
Did Not Pass
Before any person who has reached 14 years of age and is under 18 uses a tanning device, he or she shall give the tanning facility a statement, signed by his or her parent or legal guardian. This signed consent states that the parent or legal guardian has read and understood the warnings given by the tanning facility, consent to the minor's use of the tanning device, and agree that the minor will use protective eyewear. Consent is valid for one calendar year.  Requires a person under the age of 14 to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian when using a tanning device.
Wyoming
HB 178 
Did Not Pass
Would prohibit the use of ultraviolet tanning devices for any minor under age 15. Requires parental/ legal guardian consent and presence for use of tanning devices for any minor age 15 through 18. A valid photo ID, which is defined in the bill, must be shown for each person to verify age. Also establishes punishment if violated.

 

*Check 2010 table for updates on bills labeled carryover.

Outside Resources*

AIM at Melanoma Foundation
Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Indoor Tanning 
Council of State Governments: Regulating Minors’ Use of Tanning Beds

*The links to outside resources are provided for informational purposes only. NCSL does not endorse the views expressed in any of the items linked to from this page.

 

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