Tanning ban, charter grant not in budget
The House budget included language that would have banned teenagers from using tanning beds. The final bill omits that language, and it also doesn't include a grant for a well-known charter advocacy group.Posted — Updated
By Mark Binker
RALEIGH, N.C. — While much of Thursday's focus will be on what's in the budget bill, there are several notable items that have been left out. Some of these missing items are policy measures that were included in an earlier version of the budget, while other spending provisions were simply dropped.
The following are among those missing provisions:
- House budget writers had included a $300,000 grant to Parents for Education Freedom in North Carolina to foster charter school development in rural areas. That grant does not appear in the budget money report.
"It's a sad irony that we received the news about North Carolina tanning bed bill the same week as the U.S. Surgeon General issued a national call to action on skin cancer," said Dr. Brent Mizelle, president of the North Carolina Dermatology Association. "The Surgeon General, 11 states, virtually every health organization in North Carolina as well as the major tanning industry association in the U.S. all support protecting children from the dangers of indoor tanning. We are disappointed that North Carolina teens will not be among those who enjoy this protection."
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