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Senate panel rejects proposed indoor tanning ban

Monday - 3/26/2012, 1:13pm  ET

Associated Press

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - A measure that would keep minors from frequenting tanning salons has died in a Senate committee.

The Finance Committee voted Friday to kill the bill. Only four of the 11 senators on the committee opposed the unfavorable report issued by the group.

The bill, sponsored by Montgomery County Democrat Jamie Raskin, would have prohibited anyone under 18 from using an electric tanning bed, eliminating a provision in Maryland law that allows minors to tan if they have parental permission.

A version of the bill is filed in House of Delegates but has not yet received a vote. Monday marked the deadline to pass legislation out of either chamber to avoid it being referred to a committee that must rule on whether legislation can move forward.

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