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style="font-size: 12px;">Illinois could be the next state to guarantee school kids a right to use sunscreen.
Seven states have right-to-sunscreen laws on their books. The National Conference of State Legislatures said that in 2017, seven more were looking at them.
Illinois is the latest to see a proposed right-to-sunscreen law. State Rep. Margot McDermed, R-Mokena, is the sponsor.
McDermed says as a redhead, she always has sunscreen, and said everyone else should as well. But she said federal rules stop school children from having and using sunscreen, because sunscreen is regulated by the FDA.
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"It's a federal rule that if something has an FDA ingredient, that students can't have it without some administrative procedures and some permission," McDermed said. "It turns out that sunscreen includes 'FDA ingredients'."
McDermed's plan would spell out that school kids can have and use sunscreen, and that if they can't apply sunscreen themselves that a school employee can volunteer to apply it for them.
"It is common sense," McDermed said. "I betcha most parents and many schools and teachers believe that [using sunscreen] is already permitted. And I imagine that many student have sunscreen without knowing that it's not necessarily permitted."
McDermed admits the right to sunscreen is not as important as some of Illinois' other pressing needs, but she said it's important none the less.
"Yes, we should have pension reform. Yes, we should have a balanced budget," McDermed said. "This is very much in the nice-to-have category, as opposed to essential. But I still think it's a good bill."