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Committee Criticizes Tattoo, Body Piercing Rule Changes

A Kansas legislative committee Monday criticized proposed changes to state regulations on tattooing and piercing.

The proposals were brought by the Board of Cosmetology, which has oversight of those procedures. The proposals include changes to the training requirements for body artists, and would allow mobile body art facilities to operate in the state.

After around two hours of discussion, Senator Vicki Schmidt,a Republican from Topeka, said the changes are too complex.

“These are very, very confusing. This should not have taken this long to go through these. These make massive, wholesale changes to this profession,” Schmidt said.

Changes to state rules and regulations can be made through a public hearing process without being approved by the Legislature. But Schmidt said the proposed tattooing and piercing regulation changes are significant enough that they should be considered by lawmakers.