- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 27, 2017

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - When the new school year begins, Louisiana’s public school students won’t need permission from a doctor or their school to use sunscreen on campus.

Gov. John Bel Edwards’ office announced Monday the governor has signed into law a bill excluding sunblock from being categorized as a medicine at public schools.

The legislation by Ville Platte Rep. Bernard LeBas spells out that a student “may possess and self-apply sunscreen” at school, on a school bus or at a school function. If a student can’t apply the sunblock, a school employee can do it - if a parent has given written consent.

The National Conference of State Legislatures says at least seven other states have adopted similar legislation in recent years. Louisiana’s law takes effect Aug. 1.


House Bill 412: www.legis.la.gov

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