Tanning salon tax fails to advance in House

Tanning salon tax fails to advance in House

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A proposed 10 percent tax on the use of tanning salons won't be implemented this year.

Lawmakers decided Tuesday to study the issue over the summer instead.

House Bill 419, sponsored by Rep. Mel Brown, R-Coalville, would create the Melanoma Cancer Research Fund. Money from the fund would be distributed by the Utah Department of Health to organizations for research and public education programs.

Fiscal analysts estimated the tax would generate at least $620,000 a year for research.

A House committee voted 4-2 to study the bill over the summer, saying there weren't enough guidelines in the bill.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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