Phoenix, AZ (January 27, 2012) Having successfully worked to stop deregulation of the cosmetology industry in New Hampshire in 2011, the Professional Beauty Association (PBA) is speaking out against three new bills state legislators are considering that would negatively impact the state’s cosmetology industry. PBA and other industry partners are calling on New Hampshire residents and beauty professionals across the nation to alert lawmakers about the effects these bills would have if passed.

PBA encourages individuals in New Hampshire to sign on to a letter opposing HB1265, HB1431, and HB1538 at www.probeauty.org/advocacy (click the red “Take Action Now” box) or by clicking here. An outline of the three bills New Hampshire is considering includes:

HB1265 establishes criteria for the regulation of occupations and professions by boards and commissions as authorized by law, and provides that an individual may engage in a legal occupation (such as cosmetology) without being subject to laws that regulate the occupation or profession which are arbitrary, unnecessary, or substantially burdensome. BILL SPONSORS: Representatives Spec BowersJoshua Davenport, Seth Cohn, and George Lambert.

HB1431 repeals the requirements of high school education and hours of training or apprenticeship required for obtaining a barber license, leaving as requirements only good professional character, passage of an examination, and paying the license fee. BILL SPONSORS: Representatives Spec Bowers, Tammy Simmons, Peter Hansen, Jason Antosz, Michael Reed, Donald LeBrun, and Kyle Tasker.

HB1538 prohibits the board of barbering, cosmetology, and esthetics from adopting a rule banning certain innovative cosmetic or esthetic treatments. BILL SPONSORS: Representatives Andrew Manuse, Steve Vaillancourt, Lenette Peterson, Spec Bowers.

Licensed professionals, business owners, distributors, and manufacturers maintain a high standard of professionalism and legitimacy through education, best practices, health and safety, and complying with regulations that protect the industry as well as the consumer.  These bills do not support the professional beauty industry and its members.  All three bills are currently in the House Executive Departments and Administration Committee.