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CALL TO ACTION: Advocate for Fair Tax Legislation at PBA Lobby Day

If you are a beauty industry professional in any of the following states, mark your calendars and join us for PBA Lobby Day in Washington DC. Lobby Day is a time for members of the professional beauty industry to gather together in Washington, DC to meet with…

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Alert: Maryland to Hold Hearing on Reduced Training for Professional Licensing

Maryland HB1301 establishes a limited license to provide hair services, and specifies the level of supervision required for an apprentice hairstylist. A limited license would mean the reduction in training and education. This bill will be heard in the House Economic Matters Committee Tuesday, March…

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Alert: Connecticut and Missouri Introduce Deregulation Legislation

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…

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National Poll Shows Public Support of Professional Licensing

The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) conducted a first-of-its-kind national poll regarding regulation and licensing of beauty industry professionals in December of 2012. General election voters from across U.S. overwhelmingly supported the required licensing of cosmetologists and barbers and feel professional licenses protect the public, as…

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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…

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FDA Warning Letters Address Drug Claims for Cosmetics

by Myra Irizarry, PBA Director of  Government Affairs Manufacturers be on alert. Following the 2012 outbreak of meningitis caused by spinal injections of a contaminated steroid, resulting in the deaths of dozens of people, Congress is looking to the FDA to exercise its granted authority…

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Attention Indiana Professionals: New Legislation Threatens State Licensing

Indiana State Senator Randy Head (Rep – District 18) introduced Senate Bill 520 (SB520) this morning, January 15, 2013. An initiative of the new Indiana Governor Mike PenceIf, SB520 would create a committee to review professional licensing, including cosmetology licensing. The main concern with this…

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Head First Into the Unknown: Impacts of Industry Deregulation

by Myra Irizarry, PBA Director of Government Affairs The beauty profession is one which takes passion, creativity, and education and training to ensure consumer and professional safety. That is why right now, to become a licensed beauty professional, you must complete an educational program, and…

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Texas Congressman Supports Fair Tax Laws for Small Businesses

Fighting for fair tax legislation for small business owners has been a major focus for the Professional Beauty Association (PBA) over the past several years. The Small Business Tax Equalization and Compliance Act (H.R. 1957), commonly known as the FICA Tip Tax Legislation, would provide…

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Beware The “D” Word: Cosmetology Licensing Under Attack

by Myra Irizarry, PBA Director of Government Affairs Deregulation has become a “four-lettered word” in the beauty industry. Major media outlets, such as National Public Radio (NPR), The Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, multiple local newspapers, and online blogs, have printed articles attacking occupational licensing…

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