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Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: June 15, 2022 01:32 PM
From: Representative Thomas L. Mehaffie, III
To: All House members
Subject: Cosmetology Law Modernization
In the near future, I intend to introduce legislation to amend the Cosmetology Law, to modernize and better reflect the changing landscape of the salon industry in Pennsylvania.

Presently, regulations require a minimum area of 180 square feet, if the salon is operated by one licensee.  This legislation would reduce the square footage requirements from 180 square feet to 120 square feet with a minimum width of 10 feet.  This footage is based on current technology (modern HVAC and filtration equipment as well as changes in hair care products and techniques), customer preferences, and compliance with the ADA. It is also important to note that the current floor space requirement is large, unnecessary, and is generally not in line with what many other states require. As with other businesses and industries, the salon industry has changed with covid and most customers now wait in their cars until called for their appointment resulting in less need for waiting areas.

This legislation would create a temporary license to address the backlog of salon inspections. It is my understanding that it can take between 3 to 6 months for a salon inspection with the current workload for inspectors. This delay puts an unnecessary expense on the stylist, forcing them to potentially pay rent on a space they can’t legally use, and they risk losing clients. This provision would allow for a temporary 90- day license for solo stylists who have been in the industry for at least three years to ensure better compliance with regulations while they are awaiting their inspection.  This provision will also ensure more thorough compliance with regulation because the inspection will be performed while the salon is in operation, rather than just looking at an empty area that is correctly laid out.
Providing a means by which salons can adjust to the changing times while safely and responsibly continuing to deliver their services will help to alleviate current financial hardship in the industry.  The changes I am seeking through this legislation will provide more opportunities for business ownership in the salon industry and will make it easier for salon professionals to thrive in Pennsylvania.
Please join me in co-sponsoring this important legislation.  If you have any questions regarding this legislation, please contact Kori Weikle in my office at 717-787-2684 or kweikle@pahousegop.com.
Thank you for your consideration.

Introduced as HB2727