By MICHAEL STRATFORDAssociated Press
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas House panel has advanced two proposals that would tighten the state's laws on body art procedures.
The House Public Health Committee on Thursday unanimously approved the measures, which were both supported by the tattoo industry.
1 of the measures would prohibit body art procedures on minors under 16 years old except for ear piercings and limit certain piercings on people under 18 years old. Arkansas previously had no age limit on body art and required only parental consent.
The other proposal would bar body artists from performing sub-dermal implants, a practice that backers say should be left to plastic surgeons. The bill would also leave it up to the Health Department to decide whether to regulate scarification. A previous version of the bill would have banned the practice.COMPLETE COVERAGELawmaker's bill calls for stricter law on extreme forms of body art (March 1)Ark. Senate votes to restrict body art procedures (March 5)Ark. House panel OKs tattoo restrictions (March 21)Lawmakers and artists reach compromise on extreme body art bill (March 21)