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Sunscreen bill now a law

Posted: 3:02 PM, Jun 29, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-29 19:02:22Z

 A bill was signed into law on Friday that seems like it should have been okay years ago.

Gov. Snyder signed into law "the sunscreen bill."

State Representative Kevin Hertel proposed the bill that allows students to bring sunscreen to school and use it during school activities.

“There’s no reason why students shouldn’t be able to protect themselves from the sun’s harmful rays when they are on the playground or when participating in other school events or sports,” said Hertel. “I’m grateful to see this bill pass, but more importantly grateful for the help and support of Madison, who saw a need within our state that she knew she could address. Her willingness to get involved has helped make our laws better for all students as well as those dealing with similar health issues.”

The newly signed law allows students to bring and apply sunscreen to school so they can protect themselves during outdoor activities. What it ensures is that "children are protected by allowing minor students to bring to school and use FDA approved, over-the-counter topical substances if they have the permission of their parent or legal guardian, and as long as the principal or chief administrative officer of the school has a copy of the written approval."

“Like all parents, I am very conscious of protecting my young son when he’s outdoors, and now parents will know that our kids will also be protected when they are school,” said Hertel. “We all know that too much exposure to the sun can lead to serious, and even deadly, health issues. Now we have a law that allows us to do the responsible thing and send our kids to school with sunscreen so they can enjoy outdoor events without risking short or long term consequences.”

The law also protects schools and any school officials from liability.