AUSTIN, Texas (May 13, 2013)--The Texas House Monday approved a bill that would raise 18 the minimum age for using a tanning facility to 18.
The bill by state Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston, won Senate approval last month.
The vote Monday sent the bill to Gov. Rick Perry.
The current minimum age is 16 1/2 with parental permission, but supporters of the bill say it should be raised to help reduce the cases of skin cancer.
A bill analysis reports that there are about 70,000 new cases of invasive melanoma annually, and that the disease is one of main causes of cancer deaths in women between 25 and 30.
The bill is supported by doctors but opposed by the tanning industry and conservatives who call it an erosion of "parental rights."