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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Lawmaker seeks to untangle regulations on African-American hair-braiding"

The IndyStar's Fatima Hussein reports today:

Stylists who specialize in braiding hair would no longer have to attend beauty school under a bill approved by the Indiana House on Monday.

House Bill 1243, sponsored by Rep. Tim Wesco, R-Osceola, passed Monday on an 82-11 vote. It now heads to Indiana's Senate for consideration.

The measure effectively removes natural hair braiding from the cosmetologist licensing requirement. Currently, braiders who offer the service are required to obtain schooling in cosmetology in order to obtain a license.

Indiana has one of the strictest hair-braiding regulations in the country, according to the Libertarian law firm Institute for Justice, requiring braiders to complete 1,500 hours of practice before receiving a license.

The measure is supported by several state agencies that monitor hair salons. The Indiana Professional Licensing Agency told IndyStar that the state has never actually seen a complaint from a consumer regarding unlicensed hair braiders.

See the earlier post here.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 15, 2017 01:35 PM
Posted to Indiana Government