Nebraska teenagers under 16 could soon be prohibited from using indoor tanning beds, under a measure passed by lawmakers. Lawmakers voted 40-1 on Monday to send the bill to Governor Dave Heineman.
The bill would require anyone under 16 to be accompanied by a parent to use a tanning bed. A parent would have to sign a permission statement each time the youth tans.
Senator Jeremy Nordquist of Omaha introduced the legislation, which originally would have banned those under 18. His bill would also require tanning facilities to post a sign warning that overexposure to ultraviolet radiation can cause premature skin aging and skin cancer.
Nordquist says he is concerned about increasing rates of skin cancer, particularly for young women.