The Sun Herald, 3/10/9

If you’re too young to vote, you soon might be too young to use a tanning bed in Mississippi without a note from mom or dad.

A bill that passed the state Senate on Tuesday would require anyone 17 or younger to get written permission from a parent or guardian before using an indoor tanning facility.

It also would require a parent or guardian to remain at the gym, salon or other facility when someone 13 or younger uses a tanning bed.

Rep. Mary Ann Stevens, D-West, sponsored the bill and said it’s getting support from pediatricians and oncologists because of their concerns about young people getting sunburns that could develop into skin cancer.

“A lot of these teenagers, especially people who get in beauty pageants, just get so tan in the tanning beds, not realizing the damage it could do later,” Stevens said.