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Bill advances allowing students to use sunscreen without note

Senate passed the bill today
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Posted at 11:26 AM, Feb 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-22 12:00:02-05

A measure allowing Maryland students to use sunscreen without a doctor's note is advancing in the General Assembly.

The Senate passed the bill 44-0 Thursday. A similar bill is moving forward in the House.

The measure would require each local board of education to adopt a written policy authorizing a student to use sunscreen on school property or a school-sponsored event without written permission from a health care provider.

A state survey found some counties treat sunscreen as medication and require a doctor's note from students.  Gov. Larry Hogan, who was recently treated for skin cancer, says he supports the legislation.

Eleven states, including Alabama, California, Florida and Washington, have passed legislation allowing students to use sunscreen without a doctor's note. Legislation is pending in 13 other states.