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Va. Senate votes to keep teens out of tanning salons

Sunday - 2/3/2013, 1:42am  ET

WASHINGTON - As an increasing number of teens head indoors to get their tans, keeping kids under the age of 15 out of tanning beds is on the minds of Virginia lawmakers.

The state Senate voted in favor of a bill to do just that on Friday, and now the bill moves to the House of Delegates.

The potential law would force kids ages 15 to 18 to obtain written permission from their parents before heading to the tanning salon.

In Maryland, anyone under 18 must also obtain written approval before going to a tanning salon, and in D.C., parents must accompany a child under the age of 14 when they're using a tanning device.

Howard County is the only county in the U.S. that completely bans indoor tanning for teens under the age of 18.

WTOP's Thomas Warren contributed to this report. Follow @WTOP on Twitter.

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