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Bill to Evaluate Cosmetologists Licensing

Sen. Randy Head (left, at podium) presents his legislation to members of the Autism study committee Wednesday.

A bill which would create a committee to study licensing of cosmetology and other professions is causing fear among those who work in those jobs. But the bill would not eliminate licensure outright.

State Senator Randy Head wants to create what he calls the ERASER committee. But despite its name, the committee would not necessarily remove anything from the books. That is because ERASER stands for Eliminate, Reduce, and Streamline Employee Regulation. It would replace an existing committee Head says has never stripped any profession of its licensing structure.

“I think cosmetologists would do just fine in front of the committee, but the committee’s word is not the final word,” Head says. “It’s the general assembly’s word that’s the final word. Cosmetologists and any profession would have ample opportunity to make their case to the committee and to the general assembly.”

But Indiana Cosmetology Academy instructor Daniel Robbins says his profession needs oversight to help protect clients.

“Safety is the number one concern,” he says. “I mean we deal with a lot of blood borne pathogens today, you know with all of the diseases that can be easily contracted from you know, sharp instruments and contagious things. Safety is the number one issue.”

Head’s committee would require representatives of 13 different professions to stand before the committee every five years and explain why licensing is a necessity.

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