AUSTIN, Texas -- The Texas House has approved raising to 18 the minimum age for using a tanning facility.
The bill by Houston Republican Sen. Joan Huffman cleared the Senate last month. The lower chamber used a voice vote Monday to pass it.
The measure must clear a final, procedural House vote before heading to Gov. Rick Perry.
The current minimum age is 16 1/2 with parental permission. Supports say it should be raised to help reduce skin cancer.
A bill analysis reports that there are about 70,000 new cases of invasive melanoma annually, and 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."
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