A bill banning those younger than 16 from tanning booths and requiring in-person parental consent for 16- and 17-year-olds was abruptly withdrawn before a scheduled public hearing and replaced with a new bill Wednesday.
The change in House Bill 191 was simple: The criminal penalty was excised. Civil fines remain, at $100 for the first offense, $300 for a second offense within a year and $500 for subsequent offenses. The original bill put the top fine at $1,000. Another tanning bill died last year.
Ken McClure, the veteran lobbyist for the Idaho Medical Association, apologized to the committee and citizens who had expected a full hearing on HB 191 Wednesday morning.
“After we talked with many of you on the committee it became apparent that there was a common concern on House Bill 191,” McClure said. “Rather than try and come and bash heads and try to convince you that it’s not a problem, we have asked the chairman and the chairman has granted the opportunity to print a new bill.”
Facing an 11-member committee with five freshmen, McClure explained, “I’m having difficulty reading this body this year. Things that I thought I understood, I obviously don’t understand. It’s taken a little bit more time to understand what it is you folks would like to see from us.”
The new bill was printed on a voice vote, with House GOP Caucus Chairman John Vander Woude of rural Ada County and Rep. Brandon Hixon, R-Caldwell, recorded as voting no.