General Assembly Passes Tanning Ban

(Providence, RI) -- In other legislative action on Thursday, the House passed a pay-equity bill, while the Senate passed legislation aimed at protecting minors left unattended in a motor vehicle. The General Assembly passed legislation prohibiting the use of restraints on pregnant prisoners in their third trimester, banning the sale of puppies that aren't fully weaned without written approval and distinguishing pet-sitters from professionally operated kennels. It also passed a proposed law headed to the governor's desk that prohibits minors from using tanning facilities. The General Assembly also passed the following: a law prohibiting homeless shelters from refusing people with service animals, a bill requiring school officials to report sexual abuse and for substance abuse and suicide prevention education to be incorporated into health education curriculums, and a bill to notify businesses of impending road construction and to have assistance offered to them.


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