shutterstock_41244655The PBA Government Affairs Department focuses on raising awareness of legislative and regulatory issues among industry professionals. Advocating for the rights of all PBA members, the Government Affairs Team introduces, tracks, and responds to legislation at both the state and federal levels to protect the businesses of our members and the future of the entire industry. Since January 2014, a total of 201 bills have been introduced in state legislatures across the country that would impact the beauty industry in some way.


  • Missouri House Bill 1891 proposes to deregulate the cosmetology industry, allowing anyone to engage in the occupation of cosmetology or operate an establishment or school of cosmetology without a license.
  • Ohio House Bill 401 would make it more difficult for high school students to use beauty-related vocational education to get into the workforce as quickly as possible.
  • Tennessee Senate Bill 1938 and House Bill 1867 would reverse current law directing the Board of Cosmetology to establish rules enabling cosmetology schools to develop an apprenticeship program consisting of 750 hours classroom training and 750 hours as an apprentice in a salon.

The PBA Government Affairs Team has kept a close eye on, and responded to the above bills with their advocacy efforts. In an effort to keep all industry members aware of all current state legislation that may affect them, PBA’s GA team has developed the only industry site that provides full and comprehensive information on all state-level legislation.

The PBA State Legislation Blog is updated daily and tracks legislation for:

  • Manufacturers
  • Distributors
  • Salon/Spa Owners
  • Licensed Professionals

Not only do changes in legislation affect you, they also affect your colleagues. Share this blog with fellow industry members to help them stay informed on any possible changes to the beauty industry.


PBA State Captains have gone above and beyond to help get the word out to their networks regarding legislation, and are currently 135 strong in 42 states! To view a list of current State Captains, visit If you are interested in representing the industry in your state, become a State Captain by contacting Bridget Sharpe at

About PBA Government 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. To learn more about PBA’s Government Advocacy, visit