Sen. Elizabeth Steiner-Hayward

Senate Votes to Set Tanning Ban Age Limit at 17

The Senate approved HB 2896 on a 17-11 vote, but to gain the support of Sen. Chip Shields, the bill was weakened from the House version, which would make it illegal for teens to tan under the age of 18

April 22, 2013 — The Senate voted 17-11 on Monday to pass a less restrictive version of a teenage tanning salon ban than the one that passed the House overwhelmingly, prohibiting the practice for children under 17 without a doctor’s note.

Private Insurers May Be Forced to Keep Coverage for Inmates

Currently, the federal government and most insurers drop healthcare coverage for people if they’ve been arrested, pushing escalating costs onto county budgets and the Department of Corrections.

April 17, 2013 — Jails and prisons are required by law to provide necessary healthcare to anyone in custody — the Supreme Court has said anything else would be inhumane.

But the minute someone is arrested or jailed, the federal government stops providing healthcare coverage, and many private insurers follow suit.

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