A proposed bill outlawing teen tanning is not getting a warm reaction from local teens and tanning salon owners.
Teens need a doctor's note to miss school, and now several Texas lawmakers think they should need one to use tanning beds too...they say it's to protect kids from harmful UV rays. Texas Tanz in Amarillo is flooded with teenage tanners. Owner Jennifer Lee says she gets a lot of business from teens. "Those who are 18 and under, probably 50%". Many of them have been regulars for several years. "Probably since I was an eighth grader, so probably like six years maybe, so for quite a while... Probably for like the last year or two. About every other day. " Lee says she keeps a close eye on her teenage customers. "We check IDs. We don't let anybody that's too young tan. We make sure that they are 16 to 18 with a parent in the car." But if Texas becomes the 30th state to pass a teen tanning ban, she'll have to check for doctor's notes too.