The threat of deregulation of occupational licensing, specifically of cosmetologists and barbers, has become more prevalent in recent years. Deregulation threats have included repealing cosmetology and barbering licenses altogether, which would be devastating to an entire profession as well as a public health risk. Legislation that would deregulate the cosmetology industry has already been introduced across the U.S. If deregulation were to become a reality, every industry professional would be affected – service providers and salon owners to manufacturers and distributors. Industry standards would plummet. But it is the consumers who would possibly run the greatest risk. They would be completely exposed to those individuals who practice cosmetology without the proper training and license. PBA’s Government Affairs Team sent out the first ever gubernatorial questionnaire to every candidate running for governor in the 2014 election. We wanted to know where they stand on deregulation of the professional beauty industry. You can learn about candidate views on occupational licensing in their state by visiting probeauty.org/vote. Did your candidate respond? How did they fare?Are they for or against deregulation? Find out here! About Government Affairs PBA advocates for the rights of every member and is dedicated to tracking, introducing and responding to legislation at both the state and federal levels with potential to affect the beauty industry. Along with our Government Advocacy program, PBA provides our members with Education, Signature Events, Charitable Outreach, Research and Business Resources. Visit probeauty.org for more information.
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