New Bill Requires Prescription to Tan
After watching HB 1006 be defeated in the house "Transportation and Energy Committee" on Tuesday, the Libertarian Party of Colorado moves it's sights to another "Nanny Statist" bill... SB 023.
Introduced by Sen. Bob Hagedorn (D), SB 023 would prohibit the use of an artificial tanning device (e.g., tanning bed) by a minor unless specifically prescribed by a physician! The Bill also requires an owner, employee, or operator of an artificial tanning device or tanning facility (tanning salon) to
verify the age of any person seeking access to an artificial tanning device.
Richard Randall, Legislative Director of the Libertarian Party of Colorado wonders what Sen. Hagedorn is hoping to accomplish with this bill; "By prohibiting minors from using 'tanning devices' or visiting tanning salons, which are controlled environments, they may just spend all year playing or
lounging under the greatest source of tanning rays - and a tanning salon's biggest competitor, the Sun. Does Sen. Hagedorn actually believe that parents would pay a doctor to write a prescription for their children to visit a tanning salon when Colorado has over 300 sunny days each year?"
Under SB 023, tanning rays are so dangerous that parental permission is not adequate for minors to use a "tanning device" or visit a tanning salon. Libertarian Chairman Travis Nicks stated; "It seems that Sen. Hagedorn believes he knows what is better for your children than you do. This is an affront to every parent's competence. What's next; fast food prescriptions, soda prescriptions, or a doctor's note just to go outside?"
The Libertarian Party of Colorado opposes this bill.
The full text of SB 023 can be read here:
For Immediate Release: January 29, 2007