Teens younger than 17 would need parental consent to use tanning machines that emit ultraviolet rays at salons under legislation endorsed by the Missouri House.
The bill given first-round approval Tuesday would penalize tanning salons $500 for providing services to teenagers without parental consent. The legislation needs another House vote before moving to the Senate.
State health officials would be charged with developing a standardized consent form for parents to use.
Sponsoring Republican Rep. Gary Cross, of Lee's Summit, says the bill would protect children from exposure to ultraviolet rays that can cause skin cancer. Opponents argue that it is a burdensome government regulation on tanning businesses.