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October 21, 2014, 8:30 pm
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Sangamon County Can't Ban Tanning Minors County-wide

Springfield Alderman Sam Cahnman’s ordinance banning minors from using tanning beds at commercial tanning parlors in Springfield seems more in doubt as Sangamon County officials say they can’t have a county-wide ban.


The State Journal-Register reports that the county is not home-rule and cannot supersede state law.


Current state law says that minors between 14 and 17 must get parental permission before entering a tanning bed.


Cahnman tabled his ordinance several weeks ago because of a lack of support.


Opponents say they understand the links between tanning and cancer, but banning tanning booths in Springfield would put the dozen tanning parlors in the capital city at a disadvantage.

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