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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: May 10, 2022 01:48 PM
From: Senator Mario M. Scavello
To: All Senate 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.

Currently, regulations require that a salon operated by one licensee must have a minimum area of 180 square feet. 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, this legislation would reduce the square footage requirements from 180 square feet to 120 square feet with a minimum width of 10 feet.
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. The salon industry has changed with covid, and just like changes in many other countless businesses and industries, most customers now wait in their cars until called for their appointment resulting in less need for waiting areas.

In addition to the change in the floor space requirement, this legislation also creates a temporary license to address the backlog of salon inspections.  With the current workload for inspectors, it is my understanding that it can take between 3 to 6 months for a salon inspection.  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 Christine Zubeck in my office at 717-787-6123 or czubeck@pasen.gov. Thank you for your consideration.

Introduced as SB1287