Connecticut moved one step closer to becoming the 42nd state to license tattoo artists when the House passed legislation to regulate the industry last week.
The bill passed the House on a 122-13 vote. It now heads to the Senate.
Some lawmakers were shocked an industry that uses needles and ink was not regulated, but proponents were unable to relay any horror stories about the need for the legislation.
Rep. Al Adinolfi, R-Cheshire, said he doesn’t have any tattoos, but all of his grandchildren do. He was surprised to learn the industry was not regulated.
“I was actually shocked,” Adinolfi said.
Rep. Rob Sampson, R-Wolcott, wanted to know if there were any incidents that led to the legislation being drafted or complaints about tattoo artists.