SB 613 Provides that the practice of cosmetology does not include hair braiding
Sponsor: Koenig
LR Number: 4221S.01I Fiscal Notes
Committee: Professional Registration
Last Action: 1/29/2018 - SCS Voted Do Pass S Professional Registration Committee (4221S.02C) Journal Page:
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Effective Date: August 28, 2018

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SCS/SB 613 - This act provides that the practices of cosmetology and barbering do not include hair braiding. The act requires that all individuals engaging in hair braiding for compensation first register with the Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners. The Board shall charge registrants a fee of not more than $20 dollars.

No political subdivision shall require a licensed barber or cosmetologist practicing within a barber shop or cosmetology shop to obtain a business license or operating license.

The act repeals the requirement that applicants for a barber license be free of contagious or infectious diseases. The act repeals the good moral character requirement for barbers and for certain licenses under the purview of the Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners. Additionally, applicants shall be denied licensure if they have been guilty of any one of a set list of offenses, as set forth in the act.

The Board is required to grant a license to practice cosmetology, without first requiring an examination, to an applicant who holds a license in another state, regardless of whether the licensure requirements in that state are substantially similar to the licensing requirements in Missouri.

The Board shall provide persons registering as hair braiders with a mandatory instructional video no more than two hours in length. A person who registers as a hair braider shall post a copy of his or her certificate of registration in a conspicuous place at his or her place of business. If the registrant is operating outside of his or her place of business he or she shall provide the client or customer with a copy of his or her certificate of registration.

The Board may inspect the registrant's place of business during business hours to ensure that he or she is not operating outside the scope of practice of hair braiding. If a registrant is found to be operating outside the scope of practice of hair braiding the Board may suspend or revoke the registrant's certificate of registration.

The act repeals provisions relating to persons engaged in the practice of combing, braiding, or curling hair without the use of potentially harmful chemicals at public amusement or entertainment venues.

The act repeals provisions allowing the Board to require a barber to be examined by a physician to ascertain if the barber is free of infectious or contagious diseases and is not afflicted with any physical or mental ailment which would render him unfit to practice the occupation of barbering.

This act is similar to HCS/HB 1500 (2018), HB 1400 (2018), SCS/HCS/HB 230 (2017), SCS/SB 227 (2017), and HB 1770 (2016).