SB 1281, sponsored by Senate Judiciary Chairman Denton Darrington, R-Declo, would forbid anyone under 14 from getting a tattoo, or having any piercings done anywhere other than the earlobe – even if their parents say they can. The bill also requires parental permission for tattoos and piercings for those aged 14 to 17.
Those who tattooed or pierced children in violation of the law could face misdemeanor charges, a $500 fine and possible jail time.
When Darrington’s committee considered the bill this week, the Idaho ACLU asked senators to drop the under-14 ban out of respect to cultures and religions that value early-age piercings or tattoos, but the senators refused.
The bill is now headed to the full Senate.