GRAND RAPIDS, Mich, (WOOD) - When it comes to tanning beds and teens, how young is too young?
Currently, a committee in the Michigan House of Representatives is considering taking up legislation that would ban minors from using tanning beds.
House Bill 4405 would ban anyone under the age of 18 from tanning and would fine salon operators who violate the law $150 for the misdemeanor crime.
House Bill 4404 would force tanning facilities to register with the state and pay a $75 annual fee to operate.
Susan Hayes, who lost her daughter, Jillian Hayes, to melanoma at the age of 23, is working hard to make the legislation a reality.
Jillian Hayes passed away in December 2012 after she was diagnosed at the age of 19, the age when she began working at a tanning salon. She was an avid tanner since the age of 16, using tanning beds sometimes three times a week, her mother said.
Susan Hayes said her family testified in Lansing Tuesday morning, urging lawmakers to approve the legislation.
Click on the video player above to learn more the legislation and the Hayes’ story.
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