JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri is proposing to triple the fees charged to tattoo artists to finance its oversight of the growing industry.
A proposal published for public comment earlier this month would charge a two-year fee of $100 to each tattooist or body piercer -- up significantly from the current $30 fee. Licensing fees also would rise for businesses that offer the services.
The higher fees are projected to generate about $120,000 for the state during each two-year licensing period.
A spokesman for the state agency that oversees professional licensing said the fee increase is needed to cover the inspection and legal costs of regulating the industry.
Since 2005, the number of Missouri business licensed to provide tattoos, body piercing and branding has risen by more than one-third.
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