Beauty Industry Legislative Threat AlertBeauty Industry Legislative Threat Alert

TENNESSEE – H.B. 2432 and S.B. 2502: Requires the Board of Barber Examiners to establish rules to allow barber school students seeking a license to: (1) earn 50% of their required hours to become licensed from classroom training; (2) and 50% of the hours to come from apprenticing under a barber with at least ten years’ experience.
IDAHO – H.B.363: Adds a licensing exemption to allow a person to practice on a relative without compensation.
CALIFORNIA – A.B.1153: Provides for the licensure and regulation of master estheticians. Reduces the current scope of practice for estheticians.
GEORGIA – House Study Committee on Professional Licensing Boards: The Committee was created to review the existing structure of licensing boards and to determine whether the current structure is efficient, assesses adequate licensing fees to support the cost of services the boards provide, and is effective relating to any matters associated with licensing professions.
HAWAII – H.B.1464: Clarifies that the practice of hair braiding by hand is not subject to the licensing requirements for barbers or for hairdressers and cosmetologists. Establishes less burdensome licensing requirements for practitioners of hair braiding.
IOWA – H.F. 2135: Requires a legislative interim committee to study professional licenses administered or supervised by the Department of Public Health and the regulations and requirements for those licenses.
IOWA – H.F. 2135: Eliminates the term "braiding" from the definition of cosmetology.
OHIO – H.B. 410: Requires the State Board of Cosmetology to adopt rules, regulate the practice of cosmetology and investigate or inspect the activities or premises of a license holder. Requires the State Board of Cosmetology to submit a report outlining the major trends in the field of cosmetology in the state. This bill is large and makes a number of changes to cosmetology.
WASHINGTON – H.B. 1038: Requires the department of licensing to: (1) Adopt rules regarding distance or online learning in the areas of cosmetology, manicuring, barbering, esthetics and instructor training; and (2) Provide an evaluation review to the committees of the legislature that oversee the licensing of those professions. 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.
KENTUCKY – S.B.111: Requires persons seeking renewal of licenses or permits to complete annual continuing education. Cosmetology instructors will be required to complete eight hours of continuing education and cosmetologists and nail technicians to complete six hours of continuing education with at least three hours dedicated to relevant health, sanitation and safety education.
ARIZONA – H.B.2439: Reduces the age that a person must be in order to be a licensed Aesthetician, Cosmetologist, or Nail Technician from twenty-three to sixteen. An aesthetician or a cosmetologist who wishes to perform cosmetic laser procedures and procedures using intense pulse laser devices must complete a certain number of hours of training as outlined by the legislation which includes forty hours of didactic training.
MASSACHUSETTS – H.B. 245: Amends occupation requirements for barbers to allow for experience in other states to be used towards licensure in the Commonwealth.
NEW JERSEY – A.B.1741: Creates a specialty limited license for threading within the practice of cosmetology and hairstyling overseen by the State Board of Cosmetology and Hairstyling.


We encourage you to stay aware of changes in your state that may impact your life as a beauty professional. Lawmakers are presented with everything from proposals to change licensing requirements to limiting tuition aid for cosmetology schools and they need to be educated on the issues by informed representatives of our industry. They are debating issues that will directly influence your work, your ability to earn, and the practice of cosmetology. Consult this state-by-state map for dates and more information:

Also, please visit the sites of the professional beauty organizations that advocate for you. Finally, check back here with MODERN SALON for continuing updates on industry legislation, advocacy and beauty news.



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