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Indiana lawmakers advance bill to ban eyeball tattooing

It would prohibit tattooists from coloring the whites of an individual's eyes, although an exception would be made for those done by licensed health care professionals.

Posted: Feb. 26, 2018 2:43 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - An Indiana House panel has advanced a proposal that would effectively ban the practice of eyeball tattooing.

The bill by Republican Sen. John Ruckelshaus of Indianapolis was approved Monday by the House Public Health committee on a 10-0 vote.

It would prohibit tattooists from coloring the whites of an individual's eyes, although an exception would be made for those done by licensed health care professionals.

The measure was proposed following a flurry of news reports last fall about a Canadian model who had major complications from getting her eyes tattooed purple.

Ruckelshaus says he's not aware of any problems in Indiana. Oklahoma is the only other state that has a similar law.

The bill, approved by the Senate last month, would impose a fine of up to $10,000 per violation.

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