Senate Version Of Reece's Bipartisan Cosmetology Reform Bill Clears Legislature
Cincinnati lawmaker says action cuts red tape and gives small businesses freedom to grow and hire
May 18, 2016
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The Ohio House today gave the final legislative nod to Senate Bill 213, companion legislation to State Reps. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) and Kristina Roegner’s (R-Hudson) bipartisan bill, HB 227, to reform cosmetology licensing in the state. In addition to making it easier for owner-operators to run their own salons, the bill adds human trafficking awareness as a continuing education requirement and makes it easier for practitioners of braiding, threading and shampooing to find work in salons. 

“The thousands of hardworking cosmetologists in Ohio are part of the small business engine that drives our state’s economy,” said Reece. “We need to make it more efficient and practical to train, become licensed, and operate as a cosmetologist in Ohio, and I’m pleased this bill does exactly that. Today we’re modernizing outdated laws and cutting red tape to give small businesses the freedom they need to grow and hire.” 

The comprehensive reform bill also establishes a toll-free number and public email to make it easier for consumers to prompt state investigations into unscrupulous salon practices. By increasing annual reporting mechanisms and enabling licensed high-school students to continue practicing cosmetology until they graduate, the legislation seeks to professionalize and strengthen the cosmetology industry. 

Senate Bill 213 now goes to the governor for his anticipated signature into law.

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