- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 2, 2013

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed a bill into law Monday that bans minor from using commercial tanning beds.

The legislation has been dubbed the “Tan Mom Law” in light of a recent case where a local woman was accused of taking her 5-year-old daughter into a tanning booth with her. A grand jury opted not to indict Patricia Krentcil on charges of endangering the welfare of a child, the New York Post reports.

“Governmental regulation of the private sector should always be carefully scrutinized, and sparingly adopted,” the governor said in a statement. “The new restrictions imposed by this bill followed a single but breathlessly reported incident of a parent bringing a minor child into a tanning facility.”

Under the new law, minors under age 17 must have a parent or guardian present for an initial consultation with a tanning salon. It also bans children under 14 from getting spray tans, the Post reports.

In a statement, the American Suntanning Association said it was “disappointed that Gov. Christie and the New Jersey legislature have decided that government should have more of a say in teenagers’ lives than their parents,” and says the association has “worked diligently to offer a compromise including stricter regulations, more enforcement and fines and greater parental control.”