OSA and FBIC Cosmetology Reform Bills Pending Introduction with Bipartisan Support

On March 27, 2017 the House bill sponsors,  Rep. Kristina Roegner (R-Hudson) and Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati), circulated the following co-sponsor memo to all members of the Ohio House of Representatives encouraging them to sign on as a co-sponsor of the as introduced reform bill.

The Senate cosponsors, Sen. Kris Jordan (R-Ostrander) and Sen. Charleta Tavares (D-Columbus) circulated a similar letter for companion legislation in that chamber.

 

To:                All House Members

From:           State Representatives Kristina Roegner and Alicia Reece

Date:            March 27, 2017

RE:               Co-Sponsor Request – Comprehensive Reforms to Ohio’s Cosmetology Law

In the coming days, we intend to introduce legislation to comprehensively reform Ohio’s cosmetology laws. This bill picks up from the changes enacted in SB 213 from the 131st General Assembly.  Our bill seeks to make Ohio’s cosmetology laws the national model.

This bill would seek to: (1) focus on cosmetology student success in entering the beauty industry with less debt and greater ability to repay student loans; (2) facilitate a continuous workforce development pipeline for salons; (3) reduce the amount of unnecessary regulations placed on members of the cosmetology industry, and would make it easier for Ohioans to begin or expand their business in the state. From small business owners to aspiring cosmetologists, this legislation would remove a significant barriers to success.

This legislation is written to accomplish the following goals:

  1. License mobility/reciprocity – Ohio is open for business.  The license reciprocity language creates license mobility and facilitates movement between different states for a more mobile workforce.  It strives to minimize the tendency of stylists to drop out of the industry or go underground due to a lengthy license transfer process, and enables multi-state employers to relocate employees, increasing their career opportunities.
  2. Lowers state mandated licensure hour requirements.  Lower the Ohio requirement for cosmetology licensure hours from 1,500 to 1,000; reduce hair designer licensure hours from 1,200 to 600; reduce esthetician licensure hours from 600 to 300; and reduce manicurist from 200 to 100.  Independent research and successful models in New York and Massachusetts show there is no justification for requiring more than 1,000 hours of education for cosmetology licensure.
  3. Allows on-demand scheduling and working outside a salon – Several beauty industry licensees need to provide on-site cosmetology services for weddings, films and special occasions around the state outside of a bricks and mortar salon.  Our legislation enables such services to be performed on site, with reasonable requirements for licensees to ensure public safety.
  4. Creates a cosmetology apprentice process for licensure – The apprenticeship program in our bill is modeled after other states like Wisconsin, Tennessee and Alabama.  These programs will provide salon owners the opportunity become a provider and future cosmetologists the ability to work and earn a wage while advancing toward licensure.
  5. Sets schools of cosmetology up for success and consistency across state lines – One area focuses on requiring pre-graduate testing for public and private school students.  It not only gives students the opportunity to get remedial training if they fail, but allows graduates to be licensed immediately upon graduation, moving into the workforce sooner to earn wages, pay taxes, and begin repaying loans.  In addition, the bill authorizes distance learning to provide maximum flexibility for students to learn when and where convenient and lowers the cost for schools traditional on-site, bricks and mortar classrooms.
  6. State Board Recommendations and Safety rules – Our bill addresses several issues raised by the Ohio State Board of Cosmetology staff as well as makes Ohio law consistent with safety and infection control rules and regulations with known causes of infection or other health threats to the public.

This bill is supported by the Ohio Salon Association, the only business trade association in Ohio representing the interests of small business job providers and salon owners across the state.  It is also supported by the Future of the Beauty Industry Coalition, a national coalition of cosmetologists, students, salon owners, manufacturers, publishers, distributors, and cosmetology schools.

If you would like to co-sponsor this legislation, please contact Jimmy Shamblin at (614) 466-1177 or james.shamblin@ohiohouse.gov.  The deadline for co-sponsoring this legislation is Monday, April 3rd, 2017.

 

 

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