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Children of the Golden State: Prepare to fake bake no more.

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation prohibiting minors from using tanning beds, he announced this afternoon, making California the first state in the nation to adopt such a ban.

Senate Bill 746, by Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, was supported by doctors, nurses and the American Cancer Society. The tanning industry argued current law - requiring parental consent for children between age 14 and 18 - was sufficient.

"I praise Gov. Brown for his courage in taking this much-needed step to protect some of California's most vulnerable residents - our kids - from what the 'House of Medicine' has conclusively shown is lethally dangerous: ultraviolet-emitting radiation from tanning beds," Lieu said in a prepared statement. "If everyone knew the true dangers of tanning beds, they'd be shocked.

Brown, a Democrat, vetoed legislation that would have required health facilities where mammography examinations are performed to provide notice to patients who have dense breast tissue.

He said in vetoing Senate Bill 791, by Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, that he talked to doctors and others about the proposed notification and "struggled over the words," unsure if such a notification would increase knowledge or cause unnecessary anxiety.

"If the state must mandate a notice about breast density - and I am not certain it should - such a notice must be more carefully crafted, with words that educate more than they prescribe," Brown said in his veto message.



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