|Please visit the AACS Bill Tracking Portal to review bills from your state(s). The list below may not include all bills of interest.
Indiana HB 1135 – The bill would establish a cosmetology apprenticeship program..
Maryland HB 180 – The bill would establish a limited license to provide eyelash extension services. The education requirement for the new license is either a two-month registered apprenticeship or at least 60 hours of instruction in a state approved cosmetology school.
Maryland SB 261 – The bill would extend the sunset of the State Board of Barbers until July 1, 2034.
Maryland SB 264 – The bill would extend the sunset of the State Board of Cosmetology until July 1, 2034.
Missouri HB 1491 – The bill would establish a combined esthetics and manicuring license that requires a 1,150-hour course of instruction at a school or a 2,300-hour apprenticeship.
Nebraska LB 1009 – The measure would remove a current provision that limits a barbering applicant to three attempts to pass the state’s licensure examination.
New York A2623 and S3607 – The identical measures would establish a laser hair removal technician license. The Secretary of State, in consultation with the Appearance Enhancement Advisory Committee, would be required to promulgate rules and regulations establishing minimum requirements and curriculum standards.
New York A8624 – The bill would update the Empire State’s existing Natural Hairstyling license and rename it. It would also establish Natural Hair Care and Braiding License apprenticeships with the Secretary of State promulgating rules that “shall include education in the area of natural hair care and braid techniques, cause of infection and bacteriology, alopecia and scalp disorders and diseases, salon health and safety protocols and the science of sanitary practices.”
Oklahoma HB 2988 – The bill provides for the certification of laser hair removal practitioners. According to the measure, “A laser practitioner who is not a physician shall complete a laser practitioner training and education program. A laser training and education program may be completed internally at the laser hair removal facility or via a third party, provided such third-party program is overseen by a physician. A laser practitioner training and education program shall include forty (40) total hours of training which may be a combination of didactic training, in-person hands-on training, and performance of laser hair removal procedures.”
Oklahoma SB 1233 – The bill would extend the sunset date for the State Board of Cosmetology and Barbering from July 1, 2024, to July 1, 2027.
Oklahoma SB 1489 – The measure would transfer all powers and responsibilities of the Board of Cosmetology to the State Department of Health on July 1, 2025.
Pennsylvania SB 1031 – The bill would completely deregulate natural hair braiding in the Keystone State. Under current law, natural hair braiders must complete 300 hours of instruction at a cosmetology school prior to examination and licensing. SB 1031 has been referred to the Senate Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure Committee.
South Dakota HB 1054 – The measure amends requirements for cosmetology apprenticeships. It contains language stating that “hours obtained in completion of an apprenticeship can be transferred between programs.” More significantly, the bill would allow a person who has completed hours under an apprenticeship or at a licensed school to transfer those hours “between an apprenticeship, program, or a school. This includes hours completed in another state that meet the requirements of the commission.”
Tennessee HB 1809/SB1752 – The companion bills would extend Tennessee Promise scholarship eligibility to students who are enrolled full-time in a private, for-profit trade school that has been approved by the Tennessee state board of cosmetology and barber examiners for at least 10 consecutive years, that is accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences, Inc., and that is authorized by the Tennessee higher education commission to offer diploma programs in cosmetology, esthiology, and master barbering.
Utah HB 216 – The bill would eliminate the requirement that an applicant for one of the following licenses complete certain educational or experience requirements within a minimum time period: funeral service director, barber, esthetician, massage therapist, and psychologist. Under current law, prospective barbers have a period of not less than 25 weeks to complete 1,000 hours of instruction and prospective estheticians have a period of not less than 15 weeks to complete 600 hours of instruction.
Washington SB 2109 – The measure would regulate permanent cosmetics in the State of Washington. A license for a permanent cosmetic artist license would require 100 hours of instruction. Enhanced permanent cosmetic artists would be required to obtain 200 or 300 hours of instruction with the higher hours being for a scope of practice that includes the performance of corrective procedures.
West Virginia SB 74 and HB 4118 – The bills would promulgate a Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists rule relating to procedures, criteria, and curricula for examination and license of barbers, cosmetologists, nail technicians, aestheticians, and hair stylists.
West Virginia SB 75 and HB 4119 – The bills would promulgate a Barbers and Cosmetologists rule relating to application for waiver of initial licensure fees for certain individuals.
West Virginia SB 76 and HB 4120 – The bills would promulgate a Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists rule relating to cosmetology apprenticeships.