Nanny Statists Go To War To Preserve North Dakota Tanning Restrictions


Rep. Dan Ruby has proposed legislation to end North Dakota’s restrictions on tanning bed use. Per law passed six years ago, North Dakotans may not use a tanning bed more than once a day, and tanning salons are responsible for enforcing the law.

But Ruby wonders what, exactly, the point of the laws is. He told a committee yesterday that while he won’t defend tanning as a healthy choice, he wonders how the law can be enforced. After all, those intent on using a tanning bed more than once a day can simply go to a different salon. And we don’t exactly regulate how much time people spend outside in the sun.

Still, North Dakota Medical Association director Courtney Koebele says “no amount” of UV exposure from tanning beds is safe.

Maybe that’s true, and maybe it isn’t, but the state has little hope of controlling our exposure to UV rays so rather than wasting taxpayer dollars on futile enforcement why not just rely on the people to make good decisions for themselves?

Which most, but not all, were doing anyway.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • Rick Olson

    I agree that laws and regulations about such matters are largely unenforceable. Mainly because the state department of health simply does not have the manpower nor the resources to go track down each and every reported instance of a problem.

    • Lianne

      you mean, unenforceable?

      • Rick Olson

        UNenforceable, yes. Typo on my part. I corrected it. I would imagine if the state health department were to receive a complaint, they would buck it to the local health department to investigate. Here in Cass County, that would be Fargo-Cass Public Health.

  • Clairvoyant

    Folks should be able to get fake tan looking alligator skin if they chose

  • Januaryjones

    This law is ridiculous. ND is becoming a nanny state. If people want to be stupid and despite the warnings do things that shorten their life so be it. I don’t drink, smoke or do drugs but my crunch is junk food. Waiting for that to be outlawed too.
    I have been a licensed child care provider for 5 years. The rules we are required to follow have become ridiculous. An example of that is we are now req to get a note from parents to let their babies have a blanket in the crib. It’s almost easier to not be licensed. Won’t be surprised if more providers go that way.

  • Roy_Bean

    We better limit the time our DOT employees should be allowed to work in the sun. Outdoor swimming pools will have to close and this will most likely be the end of baseball until every town builds their own version of the FargoBarn. Do you think all those doctors golf in the sun?

  • WOOF

    The NRA proposed arming tanning salon employees to enforce the statute.
    “Let’s see those cheeks bitch.”

  • WOOF

    The NRA proposes arming Tanning salon employees to enforce the statute.
    Let’s see those cheeks Bitch.

    • Rob

      Gosh you’re an idiot.

      • WOOF

        Wayne La Pierre would agree and throw in a gross of polarized shooting glasses, cause of the glare..

  • Patrick R. Pfeiffer

    Trust the people to make their own decisions? Oh man Rob you’re a hoot that’s a good one!

    • Rob

      I know, right?

      What a silly concept.

  • borborygmi

    stupid law

    • Rob

      I agree. At some point we have to admit that the government can’t protect us from ourselves.