Idaho teen tanning bed ban lowered to age 15

BOISE, Idaho (AP) A proposed ban on Idaho minors using tanning beds is being changed to lower the age limit from anyone under 18, to age 15 and younger.

The House Health and Welfare Committee voted 7-3 on Tuesday to advance the legislation with amendments that, among other things, lower the age limit.

House Minority Leader John Rusche of Lewiston is pushing the ban amid concerns over possible health hazards such as skin cancer, but personal liberties activists have argued against turning Idaho into a "nanny state." The House delayed voting on the legislation last week after a free-market group raised objections.

Under Rusche's proposed changes, the tanning bed ban would be limited to ages 15 and younger, while teens between ages 16 and 18 would have to obtain parental consent.