One of the last things teenagers want to do is listen to the advice of their parents instead of trying just about anything to get what they want. Springfield resident Robert Huck knows that all too well after his daughter, with the mother of a friend posing as her mother, received a navel piercing that became infected.
One of the last things teenagers want to do is listen to the advice of their parents instead of trying just about anything to get what they want. Springfield resident Robert Huck knows that all too well.
"Two years ago, the mother of one of my daughter’s friends pretended to be her mother and authorized and paid for a navel piercing before it got infected," Huck told state lawmakers Thursday.
The friend's mother signed the form as the teenager's mother and she received the piercing. Huck wanted to get back at the woman but discovered no law was broken after consulting with lawyers.
"As long as the piercer has no reason to believe they are lying, it is perfectly legal," he said.
Now Huck and lawmakers are looking to change that with a measure that would make such behavior criminal.
A House committee approved Thursday, without opposition, House Bill 4895, which would make it a crime for someone to act as a parent or guardian at places that offer tattoos and body piercings. It now heads to the full House.
State law already requires parental consent for children to receive piercings, and tattoos are outlawed for minors already even with parental consent except if they're given by licensed medical professionals. But the law does allow those under 18 to go to tattoo parlors with parents' permission.
The new measure backed by state Rep. Raymond Poe, R-Springfield, would make violators face a misdemeanor with up to 30 days in jail and a $1,500 fine.
The Illinois Department of Public Health has not received any complaints from parents on the matter, spokeswoman Kelly Jakubek said.
The bill is not intended to put charges on the parlors but on the person claiming to be a parent.
"We are going after the person who falsely signed the affidavit," Poe said.
Matt Hopf can be reached at (217) 782-3095 or firstname.lastname@example.org.