It’s that time of year again, where the 25 Senators and 51 Representatives of the Hawaii State Legislature hui it up and find ways to shake and bake the Hawaii Revised Statutes based on information (or who who knows maybe some misinformation) they receive from lobbyists, the various City and County and State entities, and last but at times treated like least, the public.
The Hawaii State Legislative Session is officially 60 days long, with recess days making it span a little over/around four months. Alot can happen in that small period of time, some good, and unfortunately, some things can slip through the cracks.
In 2009, the Coalition for Safe Tattooing in Hawai’i, including members such as long-time Hawaii tattooist and tattoo shop owner, Peggy Sucher, Trisha Allen, and Tattoo Adam, of our very own Waikiki Tattoo Shop, 434 Tattoo, polled over 100 local tattoo shops and determined that a cap of 40 artists would be ideal for a convention.
This year, there is a Senate Bill in particular, SB 2398, Relating to Tattoo Artists, that is making some waves amongst the Hawaii tattoo community here in Hawaii because of what it addresses. It has also opened some old wounds in that we’ve learned there are unfortunately some loopholes out there regarding conventions in Hawaii.
While SB 2398 addresses licensing, an idea out there is to use it as a vehicle to insert an amendment to the law so that people don’t slip through the loophole and we end up with a convention that has too many artists. While we are pro-tattoo, we are more pro-health and crowding a convention with too many artists would not be sanitary.
Stay tuned and get involved in the issues you care about! You can submit testimony for this Bill here.
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