Thursday, March 11, 2021

Legislation to modernize Oklahoma’s cosmetology laws passes House


Legislation to Modernize Oklahoma’s Cosmetology Laws Passes House

OKLAHOMA CITY – A bill that seeks to take away some of the red tape for Oklahoma’s barber and cosmetology professionals passed the House today with bipartisan support. 

House Bill 1807, authored by Rep. Forrest Bennett, D-OKC, modifies the current Oklahoma Cosmetology and Barbering Act to make the regulations around the industry easier to understand and the licensing process easier for Oklahomans entering the profession.

“This bill makes Oklahoma the best place to get your education if you want to get into the cosmetology or barbering industries,” Bennett said. “These reforms make it easier to get certified in what you want to do while not sacrificing instruction time.”

The idea behind this legislation is to lower the barrier of entry for an industry that, more than many others, allows a person to grow their own business and be their own boss. 

“These shops become the small business that fuel cities and towns across the state,” Bennett said. “Those business owners become community leaders.” 

Bennett ran the legislation as a request from a local barber. The South OKC rep found support from the Oklahoma State Board of Cosmetology.

“The bill opens up job opportunities allowing for certifications in lower health and safety risk disciplines for current cosmetology and barbering students and other individuals wishing to practice in the professional salon environment,” said board Executive Director Sherry Lewelling. “Additionally, the bill removes barriers for those former Oklahoma licensees that wish to return to the industry after letting their license expire longer than 5 years.”

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