Minors Must Get Parent's Permission for Body Piercing: NY Bill

The state Legislature has pased a bill requiring minors to get their parent's permission to get a body piercing

Wednesday, Jun 13, 2012  |  Updated 5:26 PM EDT
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Minors Must Get Parent's Permission for Body Piercing: NY Bill

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The state Legislature has passed a bill requiring minors to obtain parental permission to get a body piercing and will be delivered to the governor for consideration.

If signed by Gov. Cuomo, the legislation would require anyone under 18 years old to have their parent or guardian sign a permission slip in front of a shop owner or piercing specialist to get a body part pierced. Ear piercings are not included in the restriction.

"As body piercings can often result in infection and a permanent scar, it seems logical that parents should be involved in the decision," said state Sen. Joe Robach of Rochester, who sponsored the bill. "This bill would help educate both parents and children of the potential risks of piercings and help them make informed decisions together."

There's been no state law restricting who can get a body piercing, though some shops may have had their own rules requiring customers be over 18.

If enacted, the law will be consistent with state laws requiring residents to be at least 18 to get a tattoo. 

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