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Clark County

March 19, 2013

Cosmetology licensing again under scrutiny

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NEW ALBANY —

“If it’s a private organization that issues a certificate, it’s not recognized by the state,” she said. “The other states would not recognize the certificate. I wouldn’t regard that certificate as high as I would a state license.”

She said if a student wanted to transfer the education they got at Prosser to a facility out of state, they may not apply the hours spent at the school toward license requirements because the facility where they were educated wasn’t state licensed, either.

Stefanie Griffith is co-owner of Strandz Salon and Threadz Boutique in New Albany. She said it’s difficult enough to move from state to state with a license in cosmetology, but removing that requirement could exasperate that process.

“Right now, it’s difficult to get your license switched from Kentucky to Indiana,” Griffith said. “We have people who move out of state and there are different licensing requirements everywhere.”

She said the health concerns with nonlicensed cosmetologists are very real. She said if an untrained person tries to give a client a permanent wave, the chemicals required could cause a burn they don’t know the process.

“I don’t think it’s a good idea [to eliminate the license], mainly for consumer protection,” Griffith said. “We do a lot of fixes for consumer chemical problems. If you open that up, you could have bigger problems than just hair color.”

 

THE COMING VOTE

Clere said SB 520 isn’t scheduled for a hearing yet, but he’s sure the House will hear the bill because of the priority Pence has placed on it.

Grooms said while the bill could help reduce undue restrictions on some people trying to enter various job markets, oversight on some of those jobs is still critical.

“I think the issue is that there needs to continue to be some monitoring over people in these professions that claim to be professionals in those fields,” Grooms said. “Eliminating those issues could create more jobs, but at what risk?”

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