Sunscreening is not a crime

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Gov. Steve Sisolak signed a bill into law this week allowing students to possess and use sunscreen in school.

The bill, which passed both houses of the Legislature with only state Sen. Ira Hansen voting no, was based on model legislation prepared by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association.

Nevada is the 21st state in the nation to adopt legislation specifically allowing sunscreen in schools, the association said in a release.

The bill was designed “to eliminate barriers prohibiting students from possessing and using over-the-counter sunscreen in schools and camps by exempting these products from broad reaching ‘medication bans,'” the association statement said.

Nevada’s new law also clarifies that in addition to using sunscreen at school, students, while outside, are allowed “to wear protective clothing, such as a hat.”

Hugh Jackson
Editor | Hugh Jackson has been writing about Nevada policy and politics for more than 20 years. He was editor of the Las Vegas Business Press, senior editor at the Las Vegas CityLife weekly newspaper, daily political commentator on the Las Vegas NBC affiliate, and wrote the then-groundbreaking Las Vegas Gleaner, which among other things was the only independent political blog from Nevada that was credentialed at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. He spent a few years as a senior energy and environmental policy analyst for Public Citizen, and has occasionally worked as a consultant on mining, taxation, education and other issues for Nevada labor and public interest organizations. His freelance work has been published in outlets ranging from the Guardian to Desert Companion to In These Times to the Oil & Gas Journal. For several years he also taught U.S. History courses at UNLV. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, he was a reporter and then assistant managing editor at the Casper Star-Tribune, Wyoming’s largest newspaper.


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