LOUISIANA S.B. 637 – State Boards of Cosmetology

Sponsor: Senator Mack White (R)

Summary: Authorizes all registered cosmetology schools to do the following:
(1) Offer a course of practical training and technical instruction extending over a period of not less than nine consecutive months and including not less than 1,500 hours for the basic course of cosmetology leading to a cosmetology certificate. Specifies that the course of study may include lectures, discussion, instructions and mechanical application.
(2) Offer a course of practical training and technical instruction extending over a period of not less than three consecutive months and including not less than 750 hours for the basic course of esthetics leading to an esthetics certificate. Specifies that this may include lectures, discussion, instructions and mechanical application and may include not less than 300 hours of practical application and lecture and not less than 200 hours of library study or research. Provides that the remaining hours may be made up of any combination of the above.
(3) Provide for a period of continuing study in esthetics, including a course of not less than six weeks duration and containing not less than 200 hours of study.
(4) Offer a course of practical training and technical instruction extending over a period of not less than three consecutive months and including not less than 500 hours for the basic course of manicuring leading to a manicuring certificate. Provides that this course of study may include lectures, discussion, instructions and mechanical application and may include not less than 300 hours of practical application and lecture and not less than 200 hours of library study or research.
(5) Provide for a period of continuing study in manicuring, including a course of not less than six weeks duration and containing not less than 200 hours of study.
(6) A “brush up” course, of not less than six weeks and not less than 200 hours of study.
(7) A cosmetology theory course that is not more than 250 hours, if the school is not a postsecondary school.
(8) Offer a course of instruction leading to an instructor certificate, if the school is a postsecondary school.

Provides that the provisions of this Act shall not apply to schools that do not provide federal financial assistance to its students and do not require a high school diploma or the passage of a high school equivalency exam for admission.

Authorizes the Louisiana State Board of Cosmetology to license by name any registered cosmetology school as an educational institution authorized to operate educational programs beyond postsecondary education provided the school meets the following requirements:
(1) The school enrolls as students only individuals who have earned a high school diploma from an approved high school, a general equivalency diploma, or education equivalent of a diploma from an approved high school.
(2) The school adopts and discloses in writing to each student a complaint process approved by the board which includes notice of the following:
(a) The board shall investigate and act upon student complaints.
(b) The board shall refer violations of criminal laws to law enforcement officials.
(c) The board shall refer violations of consumer protection laws to the Louisiana Attorney General.
(d) The mailing address, telephone number and website address of the board.
(3) The school is approved by the board to offer one or more courses leading to a certificate sufficient to apply for licensure as a cosmetologist, esthetician or manicurist.

House Legislative Bureau Amendments (5/29/2014)

House Committee Amendments (5/20/2014)

Click Here for Senate Floor Amendments (4/23/2014)

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Status: Introduced; referred to Senate Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection and International Affairs 4/2/2014. Hearing held, reported 4/15/2014. Passed Senate 4/23/2014. Received in House, referred to Home Committee on Commerce 4/28/2014. Hearing held, amended, reported 5/20/2014. Passed House 5/29/2014. Concurred in Senate, enrolled, sent to Governor 6/2/2014. Signed by Governor Bobby Jindal (R) 6/19/2014.

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