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Substitute House Bill 1856 passes the 2019 state legislative session

During the 2019 session, the state legislature voted to pass Substitute House Bill 1856. The bill prohibits scleral tattooing. It goes into effect on July 28, 2019.

How does this bill affect me?

This bill prohibits tattoo artists from performing scleral tattoos on another person. “Scleral tattooing” is the practice of producing an indelible mark on the human eye by scarring or inserting a pigment. Complaints about individuals who perform scleral tattoos may be filed with the Attorney General (AG). The AG may investigate and prosecute the allegations. The AG may seek an injunction to prevent future tattooing. It may also impose civil penalties up to $10,000. The AG’s incurred costs must be reimbursed from the civil penalty collected. Any surplus must be deposited in the State General Fund. DOL may also take disciplinary action against tattoo artists who performed scleral tattoos.

Learn more about Substitute House Bill 1856.

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