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Mississippi ban on tanning beds for those under 18 advances

JACKSON (AP) — Children younger than 18 would be banned from using tanning beds in Mississippi under a measure passed Wednesday by the state Senate.

However, sponsors of Senate Bill 2847, which is going to the House for more debate, said they might consider watering down the outright ban to allow some older teens to use tanning beds.

Right now, children younger than 14 can use tanning beds in Mississippi if their parents are present, while those older than 14 but younger than 18 can use tanning beds with written permission from their parents.

Republican Sen. Sally Doty of Brookhaven said she was supporting the bill, but wants to allow older teens the chance to use tanning beds, saying her own daughter had gone behind her back to use a tanning bed in a home.