HB0998I-Introduced Bill Text
SECOND REGULAR SESSION
HOUSE BILL NO. 998
89TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES KISSELL (Sponsor) AND FARNEN.
Pre-filed December 10, 1997 and 1000 copies ordered printed.
ANNE C. WALKER, Chief Clerk
Relating to a prohibition on the tattooing or body piercing of a minor without the consent of such
minor's parent or guardian, with a penalty provision.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:
Section 1. 1. As used in sections 1 and 2 of this act, the following terms mean:
(1) "Body piercing", the perforation of human tissue other than an ear for a nonmedical
(2) "Branding", a permanent mark made on human tissue by burning with a hot iron or
(3) "Controlled substance", any substance defined in section 195.010, RSMo;
(4) "Minor", a person under the age of eighteen;
(5) "Tattoo", one or more of the following:
(a) An indelible mark made on the body of another person by the insertion of a pigment
under the skin; or
(b) An indelible design made on the body of another person by production of scars other
than by branding.
2. No person shall tattoo, brand or perform body piercing on a minor unless such person
obtains the prior written informed consent of the minor's parent or legal guardian. The
minor's parent or legal guardian shall execute the written informed consent required
pursuant to this subsection in the presence of the person performing the tattooing,
branding or body piercing on the minor, or in the presence of an employee or agent of such
3. A person shall not tattoo, brand or perform body piercing on another person if the other
person is under the influence of intoxicating liquor or a controlled substance.
4. A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be fined not more
than five hundred dollars. If there is a subsequent violation of this section within one year
of the initial violation, such person shall be fined not less than five hundred dollars or more
than one thousand dollars.
Section 2. 1. No practitioner of tattooing shall practice and no establishment in which
tattoos are applied shall be operated without a license issued by the director of the
department of health. The annual license fee for each practitioner and each establishment
shall be fifty dollars.
2. The director of the department of health shall promulgate rules and regulations relative
to the hygienic practice of tattooing and sanitary operations of tattoo establishments. Such
rules and regulations shall include:
(1) Standards of hygiene to be met and maintained by establishments and practitioners in
order to receive and maintain a license for the practice of tattooing;
(2) Procedures to be used to grant, revoke or reinstate a license;
(3) Inspection of tattoo establishments; and
(4) Any other matter necessary to the administration of this section.
3. No rule or portion of a rule promulgated pursuant to the authority of this section shall
become effective unless it has been promulgated pursuant to the provisions of chapter 536,
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