*Groan* Not the tan ban. Again.

And in the pile of bills being introduced today, the infamous tan ban is back. Again.

Yes, there are a number of people sponsoring this measure I support and whose friendships I treasure.  But seriously? Another run at the tan ban? Hopefully, I can persuade them to see common sense. Especially when they’re trying to ban minors from when kids can go outside and use the sun to get their melatonin fix.  So, seriously – come on.

“It’s hard enough to be a small business and survive without the government regulating you,” Nagel said. “I feel like this is my business and I treat it responsibly.”

Nagel said her business promotes responsible tanning and enforces certain restrictions for safety purposes, including requiring parental permission for anyone 17 or younger.

and…

“It’s just so frustrating because as small business owners we don’t have thousands of dollars to hire lobbyists,” Nagel said.

and..

“It’s a babysitting bill,” Rozum said. “I don’t think the government should be babysitting what people do.”

Read it all here.

It was back in 2013 regarding another measure designed to keep us all safe from ourselves when I noted “Legislators need to leave tanning bans, eating behind the wheel, and other nit-picking nanny state measures alone, and stick to the big issues of keeping taxes low, reducing the bureaucracy, and doing as little damage as possible from January through April.

What are your thoughts?

5 Replies to “*Groan* Not the tan ban. Again.”

  1. MC

    Is it me or is there more than normal of nit-picking, nanny state, tunnel accessing bills this year? I don’t like raising taxes, but, our roads and bridges are falling apart, some are reaching end of life. There are bigger topic that need to be addressed.

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  2. anonymous

    The tanning bill is intended to protect children under the age of 18 from the harmful UV rays. Tanning beds have been classified by the WHO as a class 1 carcinogen, putting people at a higher risk for melanoma: the deadliest skin cancer. Melanoma is the 3rd leading cancer among 25-29 yr olds. People who use tanning beds before age 35 increase their lifetime risk of melanoma by 59%. So, ban the kids – no parental consent exemption – till age 18 when they are more likely to make an informed consent

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