FOR RELEASE: February 10, 2005
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
News Conference Scheduled Friday on Tattoo Regulation
||News conference concerning proposed legislation to regulate commercial tattooing in Oklahoma.
||Friday, Feb. 11
Dr. Michael Crutcher
State Commissioner of Health
Dr. Ed Brandt
Chair, Council on State Legislation
Oklahoma State Medical Association
Rep. Al Lindley
Bill Author, HB 1519
||Oklahoma is the only state that does not regulate commercial tattooing. As a result, many Oklahomans who seek tattoos are using unregulated or “home” tattooing enterprises. Tattoos acquired in unregulated conditions could result in the transmission of infectious diseases such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, or HIV. To protect Oklahoma’s citizens, new legislation proposed this year would provide for statewide regulation of commercial tattooing.