A prescription for sunscreen? The Louisiana House overwhelmingly agreed Thursday that public school students should be able to carry sunblock without a doctor's permission or their school's blessing.
Lawmakers voted 99-1 to spell out in state law that a student "may possess and self-apply sunscreen" at school, on a school bus or at a school function. The proposal heads next to the Senate for debate.
Ville Platte Rep. Bernard LeBas, a Democrat, said he sponsored the bill as a cancer-fighting measure and to address allowances for sunscreen use that vary from school district to district.
Rep. Patricia Smith, a Baton Rouge Democrat, voted against the measure after unsuccessfully trying to require students in kindergarten through the fifth grade to have a school employee apply the sunscreen.
"For younger children, I think there ought to be some protections for them," Smith said.
Rep. Barry Ivey, a Baton Rouge Republican, asked her: "It's sunscreen. Has anybody (overdosed) on sunscreen?"