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House of Representatives
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: December 9, 2015 11:06 AM
From: Representative Dom Costa
To: All House members
Subject: State Board of Cosmetology Membership
In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation amending the Cosmetology Law (Act 86 of 1933) to change the composition of the State Board of Cosmetology.

Currently, there are 13 Members of the Board: the Commissioner of Professional and Occupational Affairs within the Department of State; the Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection within the Office of Attorney General; three public members appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate; and eight professional members appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate, who have had at least five years practical and/or managerial experience in the field of cosmetology and actively engaged in the profession.
Under my legislation, there will be 9 Members of the Board: four members appointed by the Governor (one of the four must be someone from the building trades profession); four members appointed by the Legislative Caucus Leaders from the House and Senate (one each), and one member appointed by the Speaker of the House.

It has recently come to my attention that the State Board of Cosmetology is not operating in the capacity that it should. There have been concerns raised regarding the Board’s granting of unusual amounts of variances to local municipal building codes as well as Sunshine Law issues involving executive sessions of the Board. This overhaul of the governing board (including the addition of an appointee from the building trades sector) should ensure proper oversight, continued transparency and accountability and provide greater consumer protection. Thank you for considering this important piece of legislation.

Introduced as HB1783