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Maine governor vetos bill restricting youth tanning

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April 12, 2013

Maine Governor Paul LePage

By Greg Janetka

PORTLAND, Maine: Calling it "government run amok," Gov. Paul LePage (R) vetoed a bill on April 4 that would have banned those under the age of 18 from using indoor tanning salons.[1] On Tuesday, the state Senate upheld the veto by a vote of 19-16.[2]

Sen. Geoff Gratwick (D), a physician who sponsored the bill, said the measure was intended to protect teens from skin cancer and accused the governor of playing politics. "There are times when science and medicine should supersede politics. This is one of those times," he stated.[3]

LePage stated, "This bill does one thing: it tells Maine parents that Augusta knows better than they do when it comes to their children." He went on to say the bill does not stop youths from tanning in the sun or using tanning beds in their own homes and thus does not address the issue it claims to.[1]

Under current state law, anyone between the ages of 14 to 17 can use a tanning bed with a parent's permission.[2]

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