The beginning of another week brings another installment of the Civitas Institute’s “Bad Bill of the Week.” This week’s bill features an act of nanny state overreach. Here is a sample:
This week’s “Bad Bill of the Week” is HB 18. Known as the Youth Skin Cancer Prevention Act, HB 18 would ban all North Carolinians under the age of 18 from indoor tanning. Though similar legislation has been tried before, this incarnation of the bill is sponsored by Representatives Mark Hollo (R-Alexander), Jim Fulghum M.D. (R-Wake), D. Craig Horn (R-Union), and Tom Murry (R-Wake).
Would the Youth Skin Cancer Prevention Act really prevent youth skin cancer at all if it only encouraged teens to get tanned/sunburned outside? Probably not. What’s next? Criminalizing sunburns? Age requirements to legally tan by the pool in your backyard? The General Assembly should just leave the parenting to the parents.
Check out the full article here.
NOTE: HB 18 was changed from its original form (requiring a prescription for minors to access indoor tanning) to a complete indoor tanning ban for minors in a committee hearing Feb. 26. This post and the full article have been updated to reflect that.