An essential part of PBA’s Government Affairs efforts involve tracking state legislation across the U.S. that has the potential to harm or benefit the livelihoods of beauty professionals and companies. A stage legislature could introduce a bill at any time that could be either detrimental or helpful to the beauty industry. In 2012 alone, hundreds of bills were introduced in states all across the country that directly related to the beauty industry. Having eyes and ears on the ground in every state is crucial.

We have seen time and time again that legislators want to hear directly from their constituents. This is the cornerstone of PBA’s State Captain Program, which launched in summer 2012. PBA State Captains are the first line of contact to state cosmetology boards, state representatives and their staff. More than 60 dedicated State Captains are already on board to help challenge bad policy and help good policy move along in their home state legislatures.

More than 60 dedicated State Captains are already on board to help challenge bad policy and help good policy move along in their home state legislatures.

Grassroots Efforts Are Fundamental to Change

Working with the PBA Government Affairs Team, PBA State Captains help communicate and organize grassroots efforts in their states, from rallying fellow beauty professionals to organizing at state capitals and hearings.

An essential part of turning concern into action and action into change, grassroots efforts were particularly successful in Indiana this year, which had considered deregulating cosmetology in that state by repealing the law governing cosmetologists and barbers, including professional licensing boards and all licenses. Through an aggressive letter writing and email campaign, combined with more than 300 beauty professionals organizing at the state capital, the legislation was withdrawn.

By working with beauty professionals at the state level, along with PBA’s national outreach, we can affect how government works and what it means for our profession and livelihoods. PBA is actively seeking beauty professionals across the nation to become State Captains and we need your help. From licensed cosmetologists to distributors, becoming a PBA State Captain is open to all who care about and are committed to protecting and advancing the professional beauty industry. More than 60 state captains have signed up but we need as many captains on the ground as possible in each state to protect our industry and our rights.

By working with beauty professionals at the state level, along with PBA’s national outreach, we can affect how government works and what it means for our profession and livelihoods.

Interested in volunteering but have never been involved in the legislative process? PBA’s Government Affairs team will guide you along the way, connect you with your elected officials and arm you with the most current state of the industry. For more information and to learn who your state’s captains are, visit probeauty.org/advocacy.