We are featuring some professional opinions on HB139 to encourage you to call and ask your senators to vote YES on HB139.
VOTE YES!!! Call (208) 332-1000 and vote yes for HB139 today if possible. The legislature has got HB 139 completely right. Here is a great recap:
Demo Permits: Idaho is the only state that requires a demo permit to practice cosmetology outside of a licensed establishment. HB 139 does away with that antiquated requirement and trusts licensed professionals to properly practice their profession where ever they do work. This allows them to visit convalescent centers, dramatic production sets, weddings, etc., like cosmetologists in all of the other 49 states.
Hour Requirement: 46 states require less than 2000 hours to obtain a cosmetology license. 40 states are 1600 hours or less. It cost the student about $4,000 to $8000 more to complete in a 2000 hour state and the majority of school owners in the state believe that the 2000 hour requirement is excessive and that a full and complete cosmetology education should take place in 1600 hours or less. This is true even though many schools make much of their profit from the students being at the school and working on clients for the school on the clinic floor. 1600 hours is simply better for the student. I guarantee that students from California, Washington, and Utah (1600 hour states) are completely equivalent to our students in Idaho. HB 139 lowers the hour requirement to 1600 like Utah, Washington and Montana.
Freelance Makeup Artists: Idaho is the only state that does not allow freelance makeup artists to practice their profession. HB139 allows makeup professionals to work weddings, photo shoots, movies and to practice their art. Under the current law even licensed cosmetologist are not able to practice their craft of styling hair and makeup outside of a licensed establishment without a demonstration permit. Even with a demonstration permit you as a licensed professional are not able to charge for that service. When passed this bill will allow you to style hair and put makeup on your guest outside of your salon at a wedding, photo shoot, etc. which is currently illegal.
HB 139 is a good bill and well thought through. I urge you to pass this bill which favors small business, freelance artists and the economy. It reduces regulation and modernizes Idaho law.
Please vote YES for this bill. If anyone has questions please message me directly and I would love to visit with you about this bill.