Torrance Democrat’s Bill Banning Teens’ Use Of Tanning Beds Signed Into Law

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California will become the first state to make it illegal for teenagers under age 18 to use tanning beds under a bill signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Sen. Ted Lieu, the bill’s author, says 30 other states have some restrictions but that California would be the first to set the higher age limit.

Currently, using tanning beds is illegal in California for those 14 and under, but those ages 15-17 can tan with their parents’ permission.

Brown announced Sunday that he had signed the bill, SB746, raising the prohibited age.

Lieu, a Democrat from Torrance, says Illinois, New York, Ohio and Rhode Island have considered similar bans but had yet to enact them. Texas is the next highest age limit, banning tanning bed use by teenagers under 16.

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  • Phoebe

    This State has far bigger issues that need to be addressed than this. God forbid the decision be left to parents. What’s next , Gov. Brown will sign some Democratic sponsored bill which mandates that everyone must go to be by 9 PM during the work/school week? Then those of us that WORK would get a good night’s sleep so that we can go to WORK & pay for all the freebies for all of the free loaders. Can you spell N A N N Y S T A T E???

    • uhoh

      Feel free to move out of the country. Nobody is making you stay here.

      • M

        How about you agree to disagree? It sounds like YOU should be the one to move out of the country since you have such a problem with free speech. So Phoebe doesn’t agree with you, and suddenly she is less American in your eyes?
        Its quite absurd that you can not see what the problem with all these new legislations is. NANNYSTATE is the correct term. Why are the law makers wasting tax dollars on such stupid things?

    • Kevin

      i agree, there are more important things to worry about in this state than a minor using a tanning bed. That should be a parents choice. It seems to me that the goverment is more worried about how I raise my children then how to support it self and the state from falling off the face of the earth. I voted for Brown and now I wish I hadnt, Sooner or later theses elected officals will realize why they were put in office by the people (yeah right)

  • Whisky…Tango… Foxtrot

    California has become like a third world country. Crime and corruption by all aspects of the state and city government, to the unbridle violence by gangs in the street. California is $20 Billion in the hole with no way out, 12% unemployment, companies are leaving the State in droves (California has the worst business climate of all 50 States), $400-$500 Billion in unfunded public employee pension liabilities (thanks former Gov. Brown), and California’s education ranks # 46 in the country, we have one-third of the estimated 12-million illegal immigrants that are living in America, and again thanks to Gov. Brown California tax payers will now be paying for illegal immigrants to go to college.

  • Whisky…Tango… Foxtrot

    Here in California a 14 year old girl can walk into an abortion clinic and have an abortion without notifying the parents, but she cannot use a tanning bed with a parents’ consent, and we wonder why everyone in the country laughs at us.

  • George

    Wow, this sure has a big impact on our lives. How stupid, let’s get more useless laws on the books so that ineffectual politicians can look like they’re actually doing something. Lieu is useless.

  • M

    Nanny state! Stupid “liberals” are not actually liberal at all, because they are the ones who want to ban everything and put more and more regulations on everything. Instead of trying to fix REAL problems, they waste tax payer’s money to violate our liberties.

  • Family Living

    Great post today! I enjoyed it very much. Thanks.

    – Learn to Live Healthy –

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