ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — 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.

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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.

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11 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.

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