Legislation in Connecticut and Missouri has been introduced that, if passed, would deregulate the beauty industry and take away occupational licenses for cosmetologists and barbers in each state. Your action is needed today to keep licensing in place! Consumer safety is at risk.

Connecticut  SB324
Bill Sponsor: Senator Joe Markley (R)

SB324 will require the Commissioner of Consumer Protection to study all occupational licenses, including cosmetology, and recommend elimination of those licenses that are not found to be necessary to protect the public health or safety. The legislation has been assigned to the Joint Committee on General Law.

A hearing, open to the general public, is scheduled to take place on Thursday, February 21, 2013.  The hearing will be held at 1:00 PM in Room 2A of the Legislative Office Building.

Anyone who would like to provide comments at the public hearing must contact the committee chair before the hearing date. The committee chairs are State Senator Paul Doyle, 800.842.1420 or Doyle@senatedems.ct.gov and Representative David Baram at tel: 800.842.1902 or  David.Baram@cga.ct.gov

To send a letter to the to the members of the General Law Committee in opposition of SB324 please click here.

Link to legislation: cga.ct.gov/2013/TOB/s/pdf/2013SB-00324-R00-SB.pdf

Link to committee: cga.ct.gov/GL/

Link to the hearing notice: cga.ct.gov/2013/GLdata/pha/2013PHA00221-R001300GL-PHA.htm

Missouri HB590
Bill sponsor: Representative Andrew Koenig

HB590 will allow any person to engage in the practice of a specified profession, such as barbering and cosmetology, without being licensed.  The person may not hold himself or herself out as being licensed.

Email or call Representative Andrew Koenig at Andrew.Koenig@house.mo.gov or 573.751.5568 to express your opposition to HB590 and explain the importance of licensing.

Link to legislation: house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills131/biltxt/intro/HB0590I.htm

PBA Supports Licensing and Regulation

Licensed professionals in the beauty industry care about the health and safety of consumers. Licensing ensures proper training in in the area of sanitation and infection control, and establishes accountability. Licensed professionals are trained to utilize chemicals and tools safely to avoid injuries and the spread of infectious diseases.

Share information with your clients and your state legislators to stop deregulation efforts and elevate your profession. Visit probeauty.org/yoursafetyfirst to review questions and answers that explain why the cosmetology industry should remain licensed and regulated.

Occupational licensing of the beauty industry supports consumer safety, best practices in the area of sanitation and infection control, and establishes accountability.

Main reasons to support regulation of the cosmetology industry include:
(1) State legislatures recognized long ago that the cosmetology industry should be regulated
(2) Reasons why include consumer safety, health, sanitation, and infection control, and professional accountability
(3) State Boards are in place to regulate the industry, and to serve the consumer if there is a complaint within the industry

About PBA Advocacy

The Professional Beauty Association (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.