Markell signs teen tanning bill

    Anyone between the ages of 14 to 18 in Delaware who wants to use a tanning salon, will now need their parents written permission.
    Governor Jack Markell signed the bill into law today that will be known as “Michelle’s Law.”

    Anyone between the ages of 14 to 18 in Delaware who wants to use a tanning salon, will now need their parents written permission.

    Governor Jack Markell signed the bill into law today that will be known as “Michelle’s Law.”

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    Michelle Rigney inspired new law

    22-year-old Michelle Rigney died one year ago from melanoma. Her mother, Sherill Rigney, believes Michelle’s occasional use of tanning beds contributed to her getting skin cancer. Since her diagnosis at age 19, Michelle had made it her mission to warn teens about the risks of melanoma.

    Under the law, teens under age 14 cannot use the tanning beds at all, unless there is a medical reason. Sometimes doctors recommend tanning to treat skin conditions such as psoriasis.

    Parents or guardians will have to sign a consent form in order for their teen to use a tanning bed. Delaware’s Department of Health and Social Services will enforce the law.

    “Today we ensure that what Michelle Rigney worked so hard during her far too few days to achieve, and what her parents worked so hard in her name to continue, will become part of our law and part of her legacy,” Governor Jack Markell said.

    Read more about Michelle’s other outreach efforts

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