Thursday, July 3, 2008

Hearing on tattoo licensing Monday

The House of Representatives Committee on Health will hold an informational briefing on the licensing standards of the tattoo industry to address issues related to the health and safety of consumers. The hearing will be held Monday at 10 a.m. in conference room 329 at the State Capitol. This is an informational meeting, so no public testimony will be accepted.

Last Session, HB2283 HD1, SD1, a bill that initially sought to allow tattoo artists coming to the state for tradeshows to apply for a temporary certificate of registration, failed to pass out of the Legislature when the last draft replaced the licensure law with a registration program.

The tattoo industry opposed the measure in that form as safety is critical to practicing tattoo and body piercing artists. Careless practicing methods create a greater risk to exposure to blood borne pathogens, including but not limited to, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV/AIDs.

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