They can’t balance a budget, but they do want to assume the role of parents in Florida’s teenagers lives.
[Eleanor] Sobel said making it tougher to use tanning beds — which emit UV rays much stronger than the real thing — will cut down on skin cancer.
“You would not sell cigarettes to a 16-year-old,” Sobel said. “Why would you allow a 16-year-old to use a tanning bed?”
The Senate Health Regulation Committee signed off on the proposal Wednesday, but other lawmakers say attempting to regulate tanning in Florida simply isn’t realistic.
“How do you regulate a kid from going in the sun?” asked Sen. Mike Bennett, a Bradenton Republican. “Are we going to keep them from going to the beach? How do you regulate people wanting to get a tan?”