- Associated Press - Thursday, February 13, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Lawmakers in the Utah House have passed an updated bill to ban minors from using tanning beds even with parental consent.

An earlier version of the bill that would have prohibited minors from using tanning beds even with a doctor’s note was defeated earlier in the current legislative session, The Deseret News reports.

The new version of the bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Brad Daw struck the provision regarding doctor permission.

The House passed the updated bill Thursday and advanced the legislation to the Senate.

Several Republican legislators who originally voted against Daw’s bill spoke in support of the revised measure.

The lawmakers changed their minds about whether the issue was a debate about government control and parental rights and agreed protecting children from skin cancer was more important, they said.

Other House members said the bill would overtake parental responsibility and be difficult or impossible to reinforce.

“If we pass this bill, are we going to send around some sun patrol,” Republican Rep. Tim Quinn said. “I doubt that.”

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