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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: August 21, 2019 04:03 PM
From: Senator Thomas H. Killion and Sen. Camera Bartolotta
To: All Senate members
Subject: Modernizing Cosmetology Law
In the near future, we intend to introduce legislation that would amend the Act of May 3, 1933 (P.L.242, No.86), referred to as the Cosmetology Law.

Our bill would attempt to modernize the Cosmetology Law by eliminating the inequities and disparities between the law governing barbers and cosmetologists. It would propose ending the apparent discrepancy that permits barbers the option of chair rental; while prohibiting cosmetologists from the same opportunity. Our amendments to the Cosmetology Law would put licensed cosmetologists and hair stylists on the same business and regulatory footing as licensed barbers.

Under current law, licensed barbers have the ability to rent chairs and booths to other licensed barbers who desire to open their own business and establish their own book of clientele but cannot afford the cost of renting an entire building or premises. Cosmetologists are not allowed to offer booth or chair rental to enterprising stylists who seek to start a business.

Our bill would remove barriers to entrepreneurship for cosmetologists. No similar barriers exist for barbers. Our bill would provide more flexibility and innovative business opportunities to salon owners and future self-employed cosmetologists. It would allow for more flexible and innovative business models for licensed cosmetologists.

In today’s ultra-competitive cosmetology marketplace, current law puts existing licensed stylists and cosmetologists at a competitive disadvantage to businesses that come into the marketplace with models that allow for easy access to start up business opportunities.

We believe strongly that established salon owners and cosmetologists should have these same opportunities, in our communities all across the Commonwealth.

Please join us in co-sponsoring this legislation.