Phoenix, AZ (January 26, 2012) - The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) is pleased to announce that a recent bill in Indiana (HB1006) that would have deregulated the cosmetology industry and repealed professional licensing boards and all licenses was STOPPED. PBA’s Government Advocacy team, in partnership with representatives from JCPenny, SportClips, Honors Beauty College, PCPC, ICMAD, ISPA, ISBN, AACS, NCEA, Intercoiffure, and others, helped organize the countess beauty professionals that leant their time and talents to stopping the bill.

Through outreach efforts, over 18,000 beauty professionals from across the nation quickly came together to voice their opposition to state lawmakers through letters, emails, phone calls, and social media posts about the harmful effects passage would cause to the cosmetology profession and consumer safety. State lawmakers listened and the bill will not be moving forward for a vote. Indiana Rep. and bill sponsor, David Wolkins, R-Winona Lake, advised the Evansville Courier & Press on Wednesday that stylists, aestheticians and others who came to testify on the bill last week were so persuasive that their industry should be licensed and regulated that he would not even ask for a vote on the legislation.

“Legislators in Indiana heard the professional beauty industry loud and clear that deregulation of the cosmetology industry was not wanted,” states Myra Irizarry, PBA’s Director of Government Affairs. “As the industry’s trade association we are very thankful for our industry partners and their proactive efforts to stop Indiana bill HB1006.”

PBA continues to advocate that removing boards and licenses for cosmetologists and barbers would have a detrimental health and safety, as well as fiscal, impact.

Licensing and regulation of the cosmetology industry ensures proper training and protects the health and safety of consumers. Licensing is essential to ensuring the welfare of the general public.  Ensuring core knowledge and competency in areas such as bacteriology, sanitation, anatomy, chemistry, and health is absolutely necessary to maintain confidence in the profession and safety for the consumer.

To learn more about PBA’s government advocacy efforts, volunteer, and to sign up for The Washington Update, PBA’s e-newsletter regarding government affairs, visit probeauty.org/advocacy.