The Professional Beauty Association’s (PBA) government advocacy efforts helped to prevent passage of New Hampshire House Bill 466-FN, which would have deregulated the state’s cosmetology industry. By taking swift action to alert beauty professionals in New Hampshire and the industry at large, PBA’s government affairs department was able to organize supporters who sent a clear message to state legislators that deregulation was not in the best interest of consumers and licensed beauty professionals. By providing clear information on the matter, and the means to take action, PBA’s efforts helped prevent what would have been a severe blow to the livelihoods of many and jeopardize the integrity of the cosmetology and barbering profession.
“I am very pleased with the thousands of supporters that came forward to have their voice heard and explain to state lawmakers that deregulation of the cosmetology industry would be detrimental to public safety and the professional beauty industry,” stated Myra Irizarry, Manager - PBA Government Affairs.
Deregulation of the cosmetology industry in New Hampshire would have a severely detrimental impact on thousands of employed licensed professionals and more than 3,016 salon/spa establishments, as well as potentially putting consumers at risk. Proper education and licensing of the cosmetology profession by the state is essential to ensure the welfare of the general public. Ensuring core knowledge and competency in areas such as bacteriology, sanitation, anatomy, chemistry, and health is absolutely necessary to maintain confidence in the profession and safety for the consumer.
In addition to New Hampshire, PBA’s government advocacy efforts have also been monitoring possible deregulation legislation in Florida and have already taken steps to alert beauty professionals and how they can take action. PBA’s government advocacy team is also on the forefront of fighting for tax/tip legislation, providing clarity relating to keratin hair smoothing treatments, and advising on several other matters that affect the livelihoods of members and non-members alike that work in the beauty industry.
To learn more about PBA’s government advocacy efforts, volunteer, and to sign up for The Washington Update, PBA’s e-newsletter regarding government affairs, visit www.probeauty.org/advocacy.