- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A legislative panel in the House on Tuesday advanced a bill that would prohibit indoor tanning for minors at commercial salons in Iowa.

Members of a human resources subcommittee agreed to advance the bill, which would ban people under age 18 from using a tanning device at a commercial salon in the state, with or without parental consent. It now heads to a full committee for consideration.

Current law has no restrictions on indoor tanning for minors, though some facilities require parental consent for minors.

The bill would also require salons to issue a written warning to customers and post clearly visible warning signs at their facilities.

There is no opposition listed for the bill. Eric Goranson, a lobbyist for the American Suntanning Association, said the group supports the legislation. Still, he said the association would like to remove the bill’s requirement that salons post warning signs. He said salons will soon be required by the Food and Drug Administration to post similar warning signs.

“Because it’s duplicative and overkill, we’d like to see that piece taken out of the bill,” he said.

A separate legislative panel advanced a similar bill in the Senate last month. That bill is also headed to a full committee for review. That committee will consider a medical exemption that will allow a physician to write a prescription for tanning if a minor has a special condition. That prescription would need to be renewed annually.

Rep. Rob Taylor, a Republican from West Des Moines and a member of Tuesday’s subcommittee meeting, said the full House committee will review that exemption.

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