Nanny Statists Go To War To Preserve North Dakota Tanning Restrictions

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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 SayAnythingBlog.com. 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. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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