States Across US Introduce New Legislation Affecting Beauty Industry

The New Year is upon us and state legislatures across the country are introducing bills. As of this update (January 25, 2013), the following state bills have been introduced that would affect the professional beauty industry – some negatively and some positively.

Don’t hesitate to contact the PBA Government Affairs Team at 800.468.2274 or [email protected] with questions regarding the following bills.

Sponsor: Senator Randy Head (R)
Summary: This bill is at the top of the list, as their legislature is looking to review all licenses in the state. S.B. 520 would create the eliminate, reduce, and streamline employee regulation (ERASER) committee to study professional licensing in Indiana; provides that the office of management and budget staffs the committee; repeals the regulated occupations evaluation committee; and creates a five-year cycle for sun-setting professional licenses, registrations, and certifications. Read full text of the bill.

CONNECTICUT S.B. 324 -  License (Cosmetology)
Sponsor: Senator Joe Markley (R)
Summary: Provides relief to individuals and small businesses by eliminating unnecessary regulatory burdens; and requires the Commissioner of Consumer Protection to undertake a study of all occupational licenses and recommend elimination of those licenses that are not necessary to protect the public health or safety. Read full text of the bill.

GEORGIA S.B. 64 -  Cosmetology Education,  License (Cosmetology)
Sponsor: Senator Gloria Butler (D)
Summary: Requires a person whose certification of registration has been revoked shall be disqualified from practicing the occupation of cosmetology as a cosmetologist, esthetician, hair designer, or nail technician until all fees to date of application for reinstatement shall be paid; requires that at the time of renewal of any certificate of registration, the holder of such certificate shall provide proof, in a form approved by the board, of completion of five hours of continuing education since the date of issuance of the certificate or, if the certificate has previously been renewed, the latest renewal certificate; requires that the curriculum shall be consistent with the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards applicable to the practice of cosmetology or other applicable federal health, sanitation, and safety standards, and shall be regularly updated so as to incorporate newly developed standards and accepted professional best practices. Read full text of the bill.

MISSISSIPPI H.B. 30 -  License (Cosmetology)
Sponsor: Representative Sam Mims (R)
Summary: Directs the State Board of Cosmetology to expedite the processing of applications for Cosmetologists, Estheticians, Manicureists, and Wig Specialists licenses by reciprocity by spouses of individuals serving on active duty in the Armed Forces and stationed in Mississippi. Read full text of the bill.

MISSISSIPPI S.B. 2084 -  Cosmetology Education,  License (Cosmetology),  State Boards of Cosmetology
Sponsor: Senator David Blount (D)
Summary: Redefines “Cosmetology.” States that a “Master” means a person holding a cosmetology, manicuring and esthetics license who has completed the minimum course of continuing education; includes manicuring and esthetics license in master of cosmetology if a person has been licensed for at least 12 months and has completed 16 hours of study in continuing education approved by the board within the licensing period preceding initial application for the license, and has paid the original license fee; provides that a salon license that has been expired for over one year is nonrenewable and requires a new application; and gives the State Board authority to establish and assess fees for manicurists and estheticians. Read full text of the bill.

NEBRASKA L.B. 422 -  License (Cosmetology)
Sponsor: Senator Amanda McGill (I)
Summary: Allows each respective state board of credentialing to evaluate the ability of spouses of veterans and spouses of active military personnel to meet the requirements for its credentialed profession using training and experience obtained in other jurisdictions. Read full text of the bill.

NEW HAMPSHIRE H.B.  376  -  License (Cosmetology)
Sponsor: Representative Carol M. McGuire (R)
Summary: Removes the requirement that barbers, cosmetologists, manicurists, and estheticians have one year of experience prior to the granting of a shop license, and removes the requirement for a separate license for booths attached to or within a salon or barbershop. Read full text of the bill.

NEW YORK A.B. 734 -  Salon Safety
Sponsor: Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal (D)
Summary: Requires the Department of Health to review the existing medical and scientific literature, published reports and articles regarding the potential health hazards associated with the use of ultraviolet nail drying devices and identify any health hazards; and states that upon completion of review, based on the findings of the Department, the Commissioner of Health may promulgate any regulations deemed appropriate for governing the use of ultraviolet nail drying devices by any appearance enhancement business required to be licensed by the Department of State. Read full text of the bill.

OKLAHOMA H.B. 1702 -  State Boards of Cosmetology
Sponsor: Representative Gus Blackwell (R)
Summary: Amends the termination date of the State Board of Cosmotology from July 1, 2013, to July 1, 2017. Read full text of the bill.

SOUTH CAROLINA H.B. 3148 -  Cosmetology Education
Sponsor: Representative Robert Brown (D)
Summary: Requires that a barber college and teachers at a barber college be registered with the board; requires a teacher at barber college to have three years experience as a practicing barber and must successfully pass a teacher’s examination as prescribed by the board; and requires any college that offers hair braiding coursework and a teacher of hair braiding coursework to be registered with the board. Read full text of the bill.

SOUTH CAROLINA S.B. 179 -  Cosmetology Education
Sponsor: Senator Katrina Shealy (R)
Summary: Requires the holder of an individual license issued by the State Board of Cosmetology must renew their license and pay the renewal fee and furnish proof to the board that they have completed either onsite or online continuing education that is approved by the board. Read full text of the bill.

TENNESSEE H.B. 39 -  State Boards of Cosmetology Sponsor: Representative Antonio “Shay” Parkinson (D)
Summary: Provides that the board is authorized to establish rules and regulations for the creation of a natural hair care school. Read full text of the bill.

TEXAS H.B. 566 -  License (Cosmetology)
Sponsor: Representative Roland Gutierrez (D)
Summary: Adds new language that states that providing a necessary service that is preparatory or ancillary to a service, including bobbing, clipping, cutting, or trimming a person’s hair or shaving a person’s neck with a safety razor; and adds new language stating that cutting a person’s hair is a separate and independent service for which a charge is directly or indirectly made separately from charges for any other service that a person treating a person’s mustache or beard by arranging, beautifying, coloring, processing, styling, trimming, or shaving with a safety razor. Read full text of the bill.

WASHINGTON H.B. 1038 -  Cosmetology Education
Sponsor: Representative Cindy Ryu (D)
Summary: Requires the Department of Licensing to adopt rules to allow online learning for training in the areas of cosmetology, manicuring, barbering, esthetics, and instructor-training and defines “Distance or online learning” as theory training provided online, by a licensed school in the areas of cosmetology, manicuring, barbering, esthetics, and instructor-training. Read full text of the bill.


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