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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: March 13, 2017 03:21 PM
From: Representative Dom Costa
To: All House members
Subject: Cosmetology Law- Booth Rentals, Variances, and Criminal Background Checks
In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation that would amend the Cosmetology Law to address several issues that have been raised in the cosmetology community. In particular, my bill will address issues regarding variances, booth rentals, and criminal background checks. This legislation is intended to be a companion bill to SB 485 (Scavello) and improve the transparency and accountability of the State Board of Cosmetology and clarify current statute.

Specifically, this legislation clarifies the definition of booth rental, a practice that is strictly prohibited in Pennsylvania. The new definition will include any space that does not meet the standards of a salon in Pennsylvania Code or regulation promulgated by the State Board of Cosmetology. In addition, the bill prohibits several circumstances in which a variance may not be issued by the board such as new construction unless extenuating need is shown, shared lavatories, and shared salon space. Further, the State Board of Cosmetology will be required to provide a detailed explanation of their decision regarding granted variances. Finally, this legislation prohibits the State Board of Cosmetology from considering the criminal background history of an applicant seeking a license. Often qualified candidates can be excluded because of mistakes made previously. By lowering this barrier, we are encouraging applicants to pursue a new career and avoid the mistakes of their past.

Colleagues, please join me in co-sponsoring this important legislation.