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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

The House Health Committee approved new restrictions for minors who use tanning beds during its meeting Wednesday morning. 

If the bill becomes law, minors under the age of 18 would have to receive parental consent before they would be allowed to use tanning beds. More staunch opponents of tanning beds wanted to outlaw the practice for all minors, but committee members wouldn't entertain such a wide-ranging restriction. 

Also this bill would outlaw tanning beds for children under the age of 14. Spray tanning would be allowed under the law.

Rep. Ed Henry, (R - Hartselle) was one of two votes against the bill. "I just want to slow this down. I normally don't support restrictions like this. I just want to be careful about rubber stamping legislation."

Henry agreed that UV rays are harmful for children but said he's concerned about Alabama becoming a "nanny state."

"The most harmful UV rays on the planet are from the sun and I haven't seen any legislation attempting to do away with it yet" Rep. Henry said. 

Democrats joined Republicans who supported the measure, citing public health concerns. 

"It's not a perfect bill but I think that it's a step in the right direction" Rep. Joe Hubbard, (D-Montgomery). "If we can help one 14 year old girl not get cancer, then I think we should do it."

The bill will now go to full House of Representatives for debate. 

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