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Illinois and Michigan Want To Deregulate Barbering Licensing, While Rhode Island Aims to Drastically Reduce Cosmetology Licensing Hours

February 24, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Scottsdale, AZ (February 24, 2020) – The Professional Beauty Association (PBA), the largest and most inclusive national trade organization representing the professional beauty industry, has issued an action alert to oppose deregulation in both Illinois and Michigan, as well as to oppose the severe reduction of cosmetology licensing hours in Rhode Island. PBA views this legislation as a detriment to consumer safety, and encourages action opposing these bills in each of these states.

Illinois Deregulation

Illinois House Bill 5558 introduced by Representative Allen Skillicorn will allow any individual to practice cosmetology, esthetics, nail technology, and barbering without a license.

Michigan Deregulation

Representative Steven Johnson has introduced Michigan House Bill 5438, which, if passed, will completely deregulate barbering. Johnson has shared, “This license is an unnecessary regulation and does nothing to protect public safety.”

Rhode Island Cosmetology Hour Reduction

State representative Evan Shanley has introduced House Bill 7484 which drastically reduces cosmetology educational requirements. Under this Bill, cosmetology education hours will be reduced from 1500 to 600, manicurist hours from 300 to 200, esthetics hours from 600 to 300, and barbering from 1500 to 600 hours.

Government Affairs Director Myra Reddy explains why this legislation is a detriment to the industry, “Deregulation of occupational licensing for the professional beauty industry places both the consumer and those providing services at a real health risk. A reduction of hours prohibits license probability and damages the longevity of a legitimate career path. Occupational licensing of beauty professionals is not a barrier to work, instead the requirement of an education allows for lifelong stable career that cannot be outsourced and supports our U.S. economy.”

To take action:

Illinois residents can click on the below link via the Professional Beauty Association to send an email to these officials with one click:

https://p2a.co/sK4BJuA

Michigan residents can click on the below link via the Professional Beauty Association to send an email to these officials with one click:

https://p2a.co/g5a9V31

Rhode Island residents can click on the below link via the Professional Beauty Association to send an email to these officials with one click:

https://p2a.co/V8wFE2s

Additional questions can be directed to Myra Reddy, Government Affairs Director at Professional Beauty Association, myra@probeauty.org or Erin Walter, Brand Manager at Professional Beauty Association, erin@probeauty.or

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About the Professional Beauty Association (PBA)

We're the Professional Beauty Association. We believe in redefining what it means to be a beauty professional in today's world by connecting, understanding, educating, celebrating, and fighting for the community that we -- collectively -- stand for and serve, whether you're working behind the chair or running a beauty brand. We aim to make your job easier through providing news, resources, blueprints, advocacy, recognition, and community, so you can focus on the things you love, like creating and growing your business. We're in the trenches with you, and out there advocating for you; because we are all in this beautiful industry together -- connected by beauty, united by passion. For more information, please visit www.probeauty.org.

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