SENATE, No. 2119

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

214th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED JUNE 24, 2010

 


 

Sponsored by:

Senator  LORETTA WEINBERG

District 37 (Bergen)

Senator  ROBERT W. SINGER

District 30 (Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Prohibits all persons under 18 from using tanning facilities.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

  


An Act concerning the use of tanning facilities by minors and amending P.L.1989, c.234 and P.L.2006, c.48.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.    Section 1 of P.L.2006, c.48 (C.26:2D-82.1) is amended to read as follows:

     1.    a.  A tanning facility operator shall not permit a person who is under [14] 18 years of age to use a tanning facility.

     b.    [A tanning facility operator shall not permit a person who is at least 14 but less than 18 years of age to use a tanning facility without written authorization of the person's parent or legal guardian indicating that such parent or guardian has read and understood the safety standards and warnings required pursuant to section 3 of P.L.1989, c.234 (C.26:2D-83).  An emancipated minor shall be exempt from the authorization requirement of this subsection upon legal proof documenting said emancipation.] (Deleted by amendment, P.L. , c. ) (pending before the Legislature as this bill)

     c.     [The Commissioner of Health and Senior Services shall establish by regulation:

     (1)   the contents required in the authorization form;

     (2)   the method for maintaining a record of the forms; and

     (3)   the frequency with which the forms shall be authorized or reauthorized. .] (Deleted by amendment, P.L.  , c. ) (pending before the Legislature as this bill)

     d.    The penalties for violating the provisions of this section shall be as provided in section 7 of P.L.1989, c.234 (C.26:2D-87).

(cf: P.L.2006, c.48, s.1)

 

     2.    Section 3 of P.L.1989, c.234 (C.26:2D-83) is amended to read as follows:

     3.    The Commissioner of Health and Senior Services, in consultation with the Commissioner of Environmental Protection, shall, by regulation, establish minimum safety standards for tanning facilities.  The standards shall include, but not be limited to:

     a.     Establishment of a maximum safe time of exposure to radiation and a maximum safe temperature at which tanning devices may be operated;

     b.    A requirement that a patron at a tanning facility wear protective eye glasses when using tanning equipment and that a patron be supervised as to the length of time the patron uses tanning equipment at the facility;

     c.     A requirement that the facility operator post easily legible, permanent warning signs near the tanning equipment which state: "DANGER-ULTRAVIOLET RADIATION FOLLOW ALL INSTRUCTIONS";

     d.    A requirement that the facility have protective shielding for tanning equipment in the facility; and

     e.     A requirement that the facility operator post a sign in conspicuous view at or near the reception area which states: "PERSONS UNDER AGE [14] 18 SHALL NOT BE PERMITTED TO USE THIS TANNING FACILITY.  [PERSONS BETWEEN 14 AND 18 YEARS OF AGE SHALL NOT BE PERMITTED TO USE THIS TANNING FACILITY WITHOUT WRITTEN AUTHORIZATION OF A PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN."]

(cf: P.L.2006, c.48, s.2)

 

     3. This act shall take effect on the 120th day after the date of enactment.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill would prohibit all persons under 18 years of age from using tanning facilities in the State.  Current law allows emancipated minors and minors between 14 and 18 years of age who have written authorization of a parent or legal guardian to use tanning facilities.

     The bill would also require that tanning facility operators conspicuously post a sign in the reception area stating:

"PERSONS UNDER AGE 18 SHALL NOT BE PERMITTED TO USE THIS TANNING FACILITY."

     Penalties for violating the provisions of the bill would be the same as for other violations of N.J.S.A.26:2D-81 et seq., that is, $100 for the first offense and $200 for each subsequent offense.

     The bill takes effect on the 120th day after the date of enactment.