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Allegany County Could Allow Kids To Get Tattoos

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Under the proposed regulations, kids could get tattoos with their parents' permission.
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Under the proposed regulations, kids could get tattoos with their parents' permission.

Health officials in Maryland's Allegany County are seeking to update their regulations governing tattoo shops, including allowing kids to get tattoos with the permission of their parents.

Published reports claim county health officials have pushed for the changes, which would have to be adopted by county commissioners. The current problem is that kids in the area sometimes get tattoos from friends or illegitimate shops, and if something goes wrong parents try to fix the tattoos by having a legitimate shop correct them with the help of a licensed professional. The new rules would seek to avoid problems with unregulated inking.

Health department officials say they're examining national code in order to update the local laws with the best information. They plan to collaborate on the proposed regulations with the local tattoo and piercing community, then make the plans available for public review and comment.

The last update of county regulations was back in 1991. The changes could also update the regulations to include rules on body piercings, which are not currently regulated.

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