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A bill that would require businesses with tanning beds be regulated and anyone younger than age 18 be kept out of them passed the Senate March 18.

Eight lawmakers voted against the measure: Sen. Clark Barnes, R-Randolph; Sen. Craig Blair, R-Berkeley; Sen. Mike Green, D-Raleigh; Sen. Daniel Hall, D-Wyoming; Sen. David Nohe, R-Wood; Sen. Dave Sypolt, R-Preston; Sen. Chris Walters, R-Putnam; and Sen. Bob Williams, D-Taylor.

The bill would include penalties that would range from $500 for a first offense to as much as $5,000 along with a year in jail and a loss of the business license for a third offense.

Local boards of health would be required to inspect the businesses annually for safety and sanitation.

A similar bill was introduced last year. This year's bill now goes to the House of Delegates for debate.