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TATTOO TO-DO
(2007-12-10)
(wgvu) - GOVERNOR GRANHOLM IS EXPECTED TO INK
LEGISLATION REGULATING THE BODY ART INDUSTRY.
TATTOO ARTISTS AND BODY PIERCERS SAY THE MOVE IS LONG OVERDUE.
THEY SAY THEY WANT SAFEGUARDS IN PLACE AGAINST DISEASES LIKE
HEPATITIS AND SKIN INFECTIONS.
CURRENTLY, MINORS MUST GET PARENTAL CONSENT AND ADULTS MUST BE
DRUG- AND ALCOHOL-FREE WHEN GETTING BODY ART. AND SOME LOCAL
GOVERNMENT ENFORCE THEIR OWN REGULATIONS. BUT THERE'S NO STATEWIDE
LAW PUNISHING ARTISTS FOR THE UNSANITARY USE OF NEEDLES AND GLOVES.
THE NEWLY PASSED LEGISLATION CALLS FOR BODY ART SHOPS TO GET A
STATE LICENSE AND MEET SAFETY STANDARDS. COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENTS
WILL CONDUCT ANNUAL INSPECTIONS STARTING IN 2009.
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