Sunday, December 18, 2005

Parents given a say with regards to children’s piercings and tattoos

Parents given a say with regards to children’s piercings and tattoos
El Paso parents were given some power back Tuesday.
A new city ordinance now makes it illegal for minors to get a tattoo, and body piercings must now require parental consent.
These new requirements will affect tattoo parlors and piercing shops all over the city. They are part of a new set of state laws that went into effect in order to give parents more say on what happens to their children’s bodies.
City council passed the new ordinances Tuesday.
One makes it illegal for anyone to tattoo a person under the age of 18, and another ordinance slaps a felony charge on to anyone who body pierces a minor under the age of 18 without parental consent.
Body piercing shops and tattoo parlors must now get a permit from the city, in addition to a license from the state.
There was some concern raised by City Representative Anthony Cobos, who wondered if these new requirements will create underground piercing shops.
But officials with the City-County Health Department said the new ordinances will give local police the authority to shut down illegal shops.
Officials with the City-County Health Department plan to meet with owners of these shops in the coming week to discuss when to put the new ordinance into effect.