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FOR RELEASE: February 10, 2005
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications

Media Advisory

News Conference Scheduled Friday on Tattoo Regulation

What: News conference concerning proposed legislation to regulate commercial tattooing in Oklahoma.
When: Friday, Feb. 11
11 a.m.
Where: Blue Room
State Capitol

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

Background: 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.


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