- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 9, 2010

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland could fine people who tattoo, body pierce or brand minors without their parents giving in-person written consent, under a bill in the General Assembly.

Maryland Delegate Sue Kullen, Calvert Democrat, is sponsoring the legislation. In her proposal, people who tattoo, brand or pierce a minor without the written consent from the parent or guardian of the minor would face civil penalties between $300 and $3,000. Ear piercing is excluded from the scope of the legislation.

Current health code regulations in Maryland do not specify any penalties for those who tattoo, brand or body-pierce a minor.

A Maryland House of Delegates committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on the bill Tuesday afternoon.

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