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October 22, 2014, 4:37 am
970 WMAY News

Tanning Ban Ordinance Stalls in Springfield City Council

After nearly two hours of debate from proponents and opponents of the tanning ban for minors under 18, Springfield aldermen moved to keep the ordinance in committee.


Alderman Sam Cahnman, who requested the ordinance, says he doesn't think the number of votes are there to pass the measure.


Tanning salon owners expressed both the revenue aspect and the potential loss of business to other cities like Chatham and Rochester. One tanning salon owners addressed the parental rights issues.


Meanwhile, several dermatologists and representatives from the area cancer society said that the science is clear--tanning increases the risk of cancer and more children are showing signs of melanoma.


There was also significant discussion that about how the ordinance will be enforced.


Bill Logan, the mayor's assistant, said he called the county during the meeting and was was told that the county must follow Illinois state law and cannot pass a county-wide ban on tanning for minors.


The current state law allows children between the age of 14 to 18 to tan with permission from their parents.

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