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Sen. Mrvan Law Strengthens Tanning Regulations for Teens

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March 17, 2014 — One area lawmaker wants young residents to take one more safety measure step when indoor tanning.

Several initiatives by State Senator Frank Mrvan (D-Hammond) were approved by the General Assembly during the recently adjourned legislative session — including creating more regulations for tanning beds.

Sen. Mrvan co-authored Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 50, which enforces regulations prohibiting the use of tanning beds by individuals 16 years of age or younger, unless a parent or guardian signs a release form in the presence of the tanning facility operator.

The proposal was a recommendation from the Health Finance Commission, which studied this topic last year.

Testimony revealed that tanning bed use, especially among children and teens, has brought on an increased risk of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers associated with artificial tanning, due in part to the fact that artificial tanning lamps and beds generate up to 10 to 15 times more damaging UV light than sunlight.

Mrvan represents Indiana Senate District 1 which includes portions of Lake County. District 1 communities include Hammond, Munster, Highland, Dyer, Schererville and Griffith as well as two precincts in Crown Point.

The bill is expected to be signed into law by the governor. Most new laws become effective July 1, 2014.

 

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