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Maine Gov Vetoes Teen Tanning Ban Bill
04/04/2013 11:08 AM ET  

Supporters say the bill is intended to protect teens from cancer-causing radiation, but Gov. Paul LePage says it restricts parental rights.

Gov. Paul LePage has vetoed a bill that would ban teens age 18 and under from commercial tanning beds. The Legislature gave final approval to the bill yesterday.

Supporters say the bill is intended to protect teens from cancer-causing radiation. But LePage says it restricts parental rights.

"This bill does one thing: it tells Maine parents that Augusta knows better than they do when it comes to their children," he says in a statement.

Current Maine law prohibits anyone under the age of 14 from using a commercial tanning bed, and requires parental participation and consent for those 14 to 15 years old and consent forms for those 16 and 17 years old.

The bill won final passage yesterday, when the Senate endorsed it 19 to 16. A two-thirds vote in both the House and Senate are required to override the governor's veto.



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