June 20th, 2012
Bill to require parental consent for piercings
ALBANY - Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz recently announced the Assembly has passed legislation to require parental consent for persons less than 18 years of age to receive a body piercing.
“Currently, New York State does not have a minimum age requirement for individuals to obtain body piercings, and, while certain studios require written consent, many do not,” said Silver. “It is important for a parent or guardian to be aware of all of the potential risks associated with a body piercing, which is generally not the case if written consent is not required by the studio. This bill will require all body piercing studios across the state to operate under the same rules.”
The measure prohibits an owner, operator or employee of a body piercing studio from performing a body piercing on a person under 18 years of age without the written consent of a parent or guardian.
Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz, said, “Body piercings can pose a significant health risk if not cared for properly. This bill will ensure that parents are aware of their son or daughter’s intent to receive a body piercing to prevent complications such as allergic reactions, skin infections or scarring.”