Three state representatives want a new board and licensing scheme to regulate Ohio businesses that do body modifications, including tattoos and piercings.

Laws regarding body modifications were updated with new regulations, effective in August. The nonprofit Association of Body Art Professionals supported the moves, but not the latest proposal.

“It’s a bad bill,” said Patrick McCarthy, ABAP president. “As an industry, we’re not going to stand behind that bill at all. It was written without the input of anyone in the industry.”

Republican Peter Beck of Mason and Democrat Zack Milkovich of Akron introduced House Bill 656 . Rep. Gerald Stebelton, R-Lancaster, is a co-sponsor.

The bill would establish a nine-member board of body modifications. Only three of the members must be body modification practitioners, and the board would only be required to meet twice a year, though other meetings would be allowed.

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