Body Piercing Bill Heads to Cuomo’s Desk

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A bill requiring anyone under the age of 18 to receive parental consent for a body piercing will soon head to Gov. Andrew Cuomo for approval.

The state Senate passed the bill today after the Assembly did last week.

New York state law does not currently set any age limits on body piercing, though some counties and individual shops have their own policies. If signed by Cuomo, the bill would require a parent or guardian to sign a permission slip in front of a shop owner or piercing specialist in order to receive any non-ear piercing.

The bill was sponsored by Sen. Joseph Robach, R-Greece, Monroe County, and Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz, D-Queens.

“I think this will be very consistent with existing law, and something that will be supported by parents across the state,” Robach said. “As body piercings can often result in infection and a permanent scar, it seems logical that parents should be in involved in the decision.”

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