Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Amended Tanning Bill Goes Back to House; Wayne Hoffman Stopped From Distributing Another Handout

Posted By on Tue, Mar 6, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Lawmakers in the Idaho House will soon get another look at a revised version of the much-debated tanning bed bill. The House Health and Welfare Committee passed several amendments to the bill which would ban minors from using indoor tanning beds in Idaho.

The bill's sponsor, Democratic Rep. John Rusche, a Lewiston physician, agreed to the changes, including a lower age restriction—moving the ban from minors younger than 18 to 15, and requiring minors between 15 and 18 to have in-person parental consent. Other amendments included an exemption for personal tanning beds in homes and spray-on tanning products.

Idaho Freedom Foundation Executive Director Wayne Hoffman weighed in again on the measure this morning. Hoffman had sent an email to lawmakers on the evening of Feb. 29, the night before the full House decided to send the bill back to committee. Hoffman's email included unsubstantiated claims regarding Gem State physicians and their prescribed use of tanning beds. A statement from the American Academy of Dermatology said the email contained "absurd questions" and "ludicrous concerns."

Hoffman attempted to distribute another handout at this morning's committee meeting, but was stopped because lawmakers didn't take public testimony.

The committee agreed to send the amended measure back to the full House.

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