Legislation and Regulation

Legislation frequently changes. Please note that the information contained on this page may not be the most current, though every effort will be made to update regularly. (Updated 01/06/2012)

Legislative change will only happen in positive ways if we are proactive. That means each of us must work to improve our own area by staying informed and getting involved. The APP is here to help with information, advice and experience. If you are anticipating regulations in your area, or are experiencing difficulty with your legislators, please do not hesitate to contact us at: legislation@safepiercing.org.

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International regulations

If you need help with legislative action in our area or have any additional sources of piercing related legislation, please contact the Legislative Liaison.

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Listed below are the 50 states and their regulations if any, with the bill number, and website URL. To research the contents of the bill(s), go to the website of the state. Type the bill number in the search block and it will pull up the contents of the bill(s). Once there, many states allow you to search for legislation by keywords. Type in ‘body piercing’ or ‘body+piercing.’ (If it doesn’t come up, try ‘tattooing.’ Sometimes they are lumped together.) This method also works for county and city searches, since many local areas now have ordinances as well. If your local area and state both have regulations, the stricter ones will apply.

Bill Number(s)/ Law number(s) Web Site (Legislature Portal)
Alabama HB 303 http://www.legislature.state.al.us/
Alaska SB 34 No legislation relating to body piercing is under review by the current session of the State of Alaska. Legislature.http://www.legis.state.ak.us/
Arizona HB2488 & HB2345 No legislation relating to body piercing is under review by the current session of the State of Arizona Legislature.
Arkansas SB 38, SB 128, and ACT 28 http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/
California AB 300 http://www.leginfo.ca.gov

Effective date: July 1, 2012.

Link to the law http://www.aroundthecapitol.com/billtrack/text.html?bvid=20110AB30094ENR

Colorado HB 1246 http://www.state.co.us/gov_dir/stateleg.html
Connecticut HB 7501 http://www.cga.state.ct.us/
Delaware HB93 http://www.legis.state.de.us/Legislature.nsf
District of Columbia http://www.dccouncil.washington.dc.us/
Florida HB 489 http://www.leg.state.fl.us/
Georgia code 16-5-17 http://www.legis.state.ga.us/
Hawaii HB 342 http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/
Idaho http://www2.state.id.us/legislat/legislat.html
Illinois http://state.il.us/
Indiana http://www.state.in.us/legislative/
Iowa SF0080 http://www.legis.state.ia.us/
Kansas http://www.kslegislature.org/
Kentucky http://www.lrc.state.ky.us/
Louisiana http://www.legis.state.la.us/
Maine http://www.maine.gov/legis/
Maryland http://mlis.state.md.us/
Massachusetts H 131 http://www.state.ma.us/legis/
Michigan http://www.michiganlegislature.org/
Minnesota http://www.leg.state.mn.us/
Mississippi http://www.ls.state.ms.us/
Missouri http://www.moga.mo.gov/
Montana No regulations http://leg.mt.gov/css/default.asp
Nebraska LB211 http://nebraskalegislature.gov/
Nevada http://www.leg.state.nv.us/
New Hampshire http://gencourt.state.nh.us/
New Jersey A1079 and A1716 http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/
New Mexico http://www.nmlegis.gov
New York S685 http://assembly.state.ny.us/http://www.senate.state.ny.us/
North Carolina http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/
North Dakota http://www.state.nd.us/lr/
Ohio http://www.state.oh.us/ohio/legislat.htm
Oklahoma http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/
Oregon http://www.oregon.gov/OHLA/BP/index.shtml * Updated!
Pennsylvania http://www.legis.state.pa.us/
Rhode Island http://www.state.ri.us/
South Carolina http://www.scstatehouse.net/
South Dakota http://legis.state.sd.us/
Tennessee http://www.legislature.state.tn.us/
Texas http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/
Utah http://www.le.state.ut.us/
Vermont http://www.leg.state.vt.us/
Virginia http://legis.state.va.us/
Washington http://www.leg.wa.gov
West Virginia http://www.legis.state.wv.us/
Wisconsin http://www.legis.state.wi.us/
Wyoming http://legisweb.state.wy.us/

If you need help with legislative action in our area or have any additional sources of piercing related legislation, please contact the Outreach Coordinator.

For dead or inaccurate links, please contact the APP Webmaster.

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