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Bill on tattoos, piercings for minors heads to final reading in Senate

Published: Wednesday, March 6 2013 3:55 p.m. MST

In this photo taken, April 7, 2012, Eva Rupert an apprentice tattoo artist at Port Hole to Soul Tattoo and Piercing gives Rebecca Anlsis her first tattoo.

The Daily Courier, Matt Hinshaw, Associated Press

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SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Senate will consider for final passage a bill that clarifies that parents must give written permission and be present when a minor receives a tattoo or body piercing.

HB117 passed on second reading Wednesday, which means it will be considered for final passage later in the session. 

Sen. Karen Mayne, D-West Valley City, said the bill helps to solve a problem. A tattoo artist is not guilty of unlawful body piercing or tattooing if they "make and retain a photocopy" of the customer's driver license or other state-issued picture identification that purports a minor is 18 years or older.

"It's a protection for businesses," Mayne said.

Marjorie Cortez

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