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House | March 11, 2015 | Committee Room | Health Meeting

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Members, welcome to the committee on health. If members could take their seats and guests retire to the rear of the committee room, we will get started. I call the committee on health to order. Members, we do have a few housekeeping things. We have a couple of pages with us today. I believe I did see them, yes. We have Abby Martin sponsored by Representative Susan Martin and Miles Hunt, sponsored by Representative Rosa Gill. Our sergeant of arms with us today, Mr. Young Bae, Mr. Bill Tomas, and Mr. Jim Moran. With that, we are under kind of a time constraint here so we're gonna get right to it, and I will relinquish this to Representative Lambeth to present his bill, House bill 158. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, mister chairman. Thank you, committee members. And I will try to make this as concise and quick as possible. There are actually two points that I wanna make on the Jim Fulghum Teen Skin Cancer Prevention Act. First, this bill is essentially the same bill that passed the House with bipartisan support, 94 to 22 in our last session, so we had strong support. It simply prohibits minors less than 18 from using indoor tanning beds. There's growing evidence to support this change. Skin cancer is a major public health problem, skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer, and each year nearly 5 million people are treated at a cost of approximately $8.1 billion. Currently, 44 states and the District of Columbia have some law or regulation related to indoor tanning that includes bans on indoor tanning for minors under a certain age. Our current law requires children 13 years and older to have a note from their parent, but that's not really not well enforced. The second point and reason, really, for my sponsoring this bill is my good friend, Dr. Jim Fulghum, who I think most of you remember. He was very passionate about this. He and I had many conversations about this bill before he even introduced it. We came in as freshman, and his passion for this and really wanting to leave a lasting legacy is really the reason I put my name on this bill. I felt like it was a great way for us to remember Jim and his passion for this particular issue. In fact, the funny story is, you may remember, he wanted to vote it out off the floor and get it on over to Senate as quick as he could. This does have the endorsement of many healthcare organizations, including the American Cancer Society and the North Carolina Dermatology Association, and we have a number of healthcare professionals here from dermatology, American Cancer Society, and I just ask you all to stand to show your support for this particular bill. Answer any questions that might, yes? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Just at the appropriate time for a motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you. Any other questions from the members? Representative Carney, it looks like that is the time. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you and thank you Representative Lambeth for bringing this back to us. It is an important issue and I agree with the naming of it because Jim did, this was a passion for him, and so with that, mister chairman, I move that we give House bill 158, the Jim Fulghum Teen Skin Cancer Prevention Act a favorable report. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Members, you have heard the motion before you. All in favor say aye. All opposed no. The ayes seem to have it and the ayes do have it. The bill passes with a referral nowhere. Perfect. Seeing no further business before the House, we are now adjourned.