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State legislation requiring tattoo artists to take classes on good hygiene and blood diseases is being discussed in Tallahassee.

The bill would also ban kids 16 and younger from getting a tattoo.

17 and 18 year olds would need parental consent before they could get ink done.

The bill's sponsor, Florida State Representative Mary Brandenburg of West Palm Beach, says her legislation is about health safety.

“One fella down in my community who operates in a flea market, I’m guessing he never even washes his hands between customers. People like that need to be operating in a way that protects the public health and that’s why we are here,” Brandenburg said.

Florida Blood Services is supporting the legislation saying the stricter regulations would allow people with new tattoos to give blood, expanding the donor pool.

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