Access to Sun Protection in Schools- HB 1228
On October 17, 2018, House Bill 1228, which aims to increase access to sun protection in schools, received final passage in the Senate with a vote of 49-0. The bill will now go to the governor's desk to be signed into law.
This legislation ensures the following:
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The PAD would like to thank Representative Hal English for sponsoring this legislation.
Prior Authorization Reform- HB 1194
State Rep. Steven Mentzer recently circulated a co-sponsorship memo to all members of the House about a prior authorization bill he plans to introduce soon (House Bill 1194). Urge your State Representative to co-sponsor this important legislation. If your State Representative is Rep. Mentzer, thank him for his efforts to reform prior authorization in Pennsylvania.
Rep. Mentzer's proposal would:
Pennsylvania's Indoor Tanning Regulation
The PAD is working with Sen. Pat Browne to introduce legislation to prohibit the use of tanning facilities for those under the age of 18. This will replace the legislation from May 6, 2014, Act 41 of 2014 which prohibits use of tanning facilities by minors under the age of 17, and requires parental consent for 17-year-olds.
It also requires:
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, every year nearly 2.3 million American teenagers visit tanning salons. In addition, a study published in the International Journal of Cancer in May 2011 determined that for young people diagnosed with melanoma between the ages of 18 and 29 years old, 76 percent were attributable to indoor tanning bed use.
PAD Opposes Repeal of Federal Indoor Tanning Tax
The PAD joined 69 other organizations in a statement encouraging Congress to keep the current federal tax on indoor tanning. On Tuesday, June 9, 2015 Representative George Holding (R-NC), along with 13 co-sponsors, introduced H.R. 2698: Tanning Tax Repeal Act of 2015. Following is the statement opposing this move.
Bill to Repeal Tanning Tax Undermines Public Health
“As the 70 undersigned organizations below, representing our nation’s physicians, nurses, physician assistants and public health advocates, we strongly support the current federal tax on indoor tanning and are deeply concerned that an effort to repeal sends the wrong message about public health.
“Scientific evidence shows that indoor tanning can raise a person’s chance of developing melanoma by 59 percent. It is estimated that indoor tanning contributes to more than 400,000 cases of skin cancer in the United States every year. The Food and Drug Administration, Surgeon General and World Health Organization have classified indoor tanning as a known carcinogen with a direct link to an increased risk of skin cancer.
“We believe the current tax law can serve as a deterrent to indoor tanning use that can ultimately help reduce the skin cancer burden and save lives in our country. Just as taxes on tobacco products led to steep declines in smoking and lung cancer rates, a tax on indoor tanning can help turn the tide on growing rates of skin cancer in the U.S.
“We urge Congress to maintain the current law as a strong message in recognition of the potentially fatal health risks associated with indoor tanning.”
Organizations that Support Indoor Tanning Legislation