The Associated Press
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas House has given its stamp of approval to teen tanning legislation that - under recent changes - would prevent many teens from entering a tanning bed.
The bill approved Wednesday would ban anyone under 16½ years old from using an indoor tanning bed in Texas tanning salons - a change from an earlier version that would have allowed teens under 18 to use the beds with a doctor's note.
The measure was approved 127-19.
Current Texas law requires a parent's permission for all teens between 13 and 18 years old. Some lawmakers and tanning organizations say the decision to use tanning beds should stay with the parents.