State Senate OKs bill banning tanning beds for teens

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The Senate has approved a measure that would ban those under age 18 from using tanning beds.

The measure passed on a 40-8 vote Wednesday and now heads to the House. The bill's sponsor, Republican Sen. Curtis King of Yakima, says his hope is to reduce the chances of teens later developing skin cancer.

Under Senate Bill 6065, users of tanning equipment would have to show a driver's license or other form of government-issued identification with a birth date and photograph.

Tanning facilities that allow people under age 18 to use a tanning device could be fined up to $250 per violation.

California, Illinois, Nevada, Texas, Vermont and Oregon ban the use of tanning beds for all minors under 18, and at least 33 states and the District of Columbia regulate the use of tanning facilities by minors, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.