(WXYZ) - A Michigan senator is introducing legislation that would make it illegal and punishable with jail time and fines to tattoo anyone under 16.
Currently, children under 16 years old can get a tattoo with parental consent in the state of Michigan.
State Senator Glenn S. Anderson says "Getting a tattoo is a permanent decision that should only be allowed when a person is old enough to grasp the consequences for themselves.”
Anderson's bill would also require permission from a legal guardian should a 16 or 17 year old want to receive a tattoo, branding or body piercing with the exception of ear piercing.
Anyone who violates these provisions could be found guilty of a misdemeanor and face up to 90 days in jail and/or up to $1000 in fines.
"We don’t let parents force their underage children to marry or let parents decide whether their underage children should be able to smoke or drink. Parents should have the freedom to raise their children but there are reasonable and necessary boundaries to prevent parents from treating their children as property. We shouldn’t let children get tattoos until they are old enough to understand the impact of that decision," said Anderson.
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