Hundreds of beauty professionals from Indiana came forward last Friday, January 20, for a hearing on Indiana HB1006 (House Bill 1006), which would deregulate the cosmetology industry in that state by removing the Board and cosmetology licensing.

As of today, January 25, Indiana Representative David A Wolkins, the Bill sponsor, has officially withdrawn the Bill and will not be pursing the legislation in 2012. The withdraw follows a PBA Action Alert  that resulted in more than 18,000 Indiana beauty professionals sending letters directly to Rep. Wolkins. In addition, several beauty organizations joined this effort, helping PBA pass on the importance of opposing this Bill for the professional beauty industry and the health and safety of Indiana consumers.

The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) would like to thank everyone who participated in the effort and the following organizations for helping get the word out against Indiana HB1006.

  • JCPenney:  Paula Phillips, Paula Malloy, Diana Kelley
  • SportClips: Gordon Logan and Ray Dorulla
  • AACS: John Halal (Honors Beauty College)
  • PCPC, ICMAD, ISPA, ISBN, AACS,  NCEA, and Intercoiffure

PBA keeps professionals informed on legislation affecting the industry and develops grassroots advocacy plans, including reaching out to legislators and governors of each state to help them understand the importance of education for the professional, health and safety for the consumer, and the impact the professional beauty industry has on the U.S and global economies. To stay informed and speak out when the time comes, visit probeauty.org/advocacy.