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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: April 1, 2019 03:58 PM
From: Senator David G. Argall
To: All Senate members
Subject: Amending the Cosmetology Law
I intend to introduce legislation that would remove a barrier of entry for gainful employment in the cosmetology profession. Currently, cosmetology students must complete the required hours, pass an exam and then risk denial by the licensing board due to past offenses. While the cosmetology law contains four “good moral character” clauses, the barber law has none. This clause is arbitrary, poorly defined, and unevenly applied.

The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections lists cosmetology near the top of its list of education/vocations programs. Yet, many might be surprised to find that path to betterment closed to them due to the outdated “good moral character” clause. In the spirit of the recently passed Clean Slate legislation, my bill would remove the ”good moral character” phrases from the cosmetology law.

My legislation would seek to remove this vague clause to make the cosmetology law similar to the barber law.

Introduced as SB586