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Senate Panel Kills Tanning Bed Ban

A Kentucky state Senate committee has killed a bill that would have banned teenagers from using tanning beds.

The bill would have banned anyone under 18 from using a tanning bed without a doctor's prescription. Rep. David Watkins, D-Henderson, said he sponsored the bill to stop the increasing number of skin cancer cases.

The bill passed the House by a 61-31 vote earlier this month. But the bill failed to get the six votes it needed to advance to the Senate floor.

Republican state Sen. Joe Bowen, R-Owensboro, said he does not support the bill because it is an example of the government telling people how to live their lives. He noted his wife had skin cancer in her 20s that was not caused by a tanning bed.

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