NHGOP Chairman Stephen Stepanek Statement on Democrats Regulating Body Art Establishments Under House Bill 120


January 31, 2019

Joe Sweeney

Concord, NH - NHGOP Chairman Stephen Stepanek released the following statement regarding HB 120 - Relative to the regulation of body art establishments, a bill proposed by New Hampshire Democrats:

“Today, the New Hampshire Democrat Party continued its assault on budding entrepreneurs and students by passing a bill that increases fees on businesses and individuals learning the trade of body art. Current laws already require artists to be licensed. This new bill will add an additional $110 fee to both businesses and students with no apparent reason."

"HB 120 proposed by the Democrats is not creating any safer of an environment nor any guarantee of greater consumer satisfaction. It is just another roadblock set up to aspiring artists to prevent them from getting into the trade. This bill does nothing more than create more revenue and red tape, and despite that, it ends up costing the state more money. It will further grow our government and cost taxpayers over $75,000 net every year to administer the program."  

"The Progressive Democrats are not helping small businesses by adding barriers to entry and added unnecessary costs. This certainly prevents young entrepreneurs from opening businesses here. Democrats love to tax and regulate any industry that moves, while subsidizing any industry that does not; Republicans believe and trust our free market system to get the job done for the Granite State.”