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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Americans for Prosperity-Missouri (AFP-MO) released the following statement Tuesday commending the Missouri legislature for voting to send HB 1500 to the Governor’s desk to become law. The bill establishes that hair braiders no longer need to obtain a cosmetology license or undergo 1,500 hours of unnecessary training. Instead, they must register with the State Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners and watch a video detailing infection control techniques and diseases of the scalp.
“Government’s role is to create an environment where business and individuals can thrive, not deter them,” said AFP-MO State Director Jeremy Cady. “By passing this bill, hair braiders won’t have to deal with the excessive cost and unnecessary educational requirements that comes with obtaining a cosmetology license. While there is more work to limit the negative impacts of Missouri’s excessive occupational licensing system that affects over one-fifth of the state’s skilled trades, this is a positive first step.”