Future of the Beauty Industry Coalition Leads In Texas With Occupational Licensing Reform
Austin, Texas – This week, Future of the Beauty Industry Coalition (FIBC) representatives backed both federal and state legislation at events in Austin to ease the licensing regulation burdens facing many hard-working Texans.
Gordon Logan, CEO of Sport Clips Haircuts and FBIC Board Member, hosted U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and other local business owners at an Austin Sport Clips as the Senator announced the New Hope and Opportunity through the Power of Employment Act (The New HOPE Act) — a bipartisan bill authored by Sen. Cornyn, that would ease the burdens of occupational licensing.
During a roundtable moderated by Mr. Logan, Sen. Cornyn commented that he hoped the New HOPE Act would aid Governor Abbott in Texas and governors around the country in “the identification, consolidation, or elimination of unnecessarily burdensome licenses and certifications.”
Aligning with Sen. Cornyn’s legislative priority, Mr. Logan spoke of FBIC’s efforts to improve employment opportunities for all cosmetologists: “This is a nationwide effort…to standardize hours and make it easier for stylists to move from one state to another and to lower barriers to entry.”
During a hearing before the State Licensing & Administrative Procedures Committee, representatives from The Professional Beauty Association, International SalonSpa Business Network, Sport Clips,
JCPenney Salon, and Visible Changes Salon also testified in support of HB 2407. HB 2407 would bring the private cosmetology school hours required to 1,000. Nearly 40% of all cosmetology students in Texas are already in 1,000-hour programs through the 175 high school programs already in place.
Bridget Sharpe, Government Affairs Manager for The Professional Beauty Association said to lawmakers, “HB 2407 will create parity between the existing high school cosmetology programs [in Texas] and the private school programs. It will allow competent and trained graduates to enter the workforce sooner, pay taxes, and begin thriving in their careers.”
Tabitha Castro, stylist for Visible Changes Salon in San Antonio shared her path to a cosmetology license and confidence in her license with lawmakers, “When comparing myself to my peers, I don’t think that graduating from a 1,000-hour program as opposed to a 1,500-hour program, put me at any sort of disadvantage. […] In fact, had I not had the advantage of getting my hours done in high school in the 1,000-hour program, I wouldn’t have considered being a hairdresser as it would have been too much of a money and time commitment on my behalf.”
“Our company ties to Texas run deep. We are not only headquartered in the area, but I am proud to say that we are celebrating 100 years of doing business in Texas. We employ approximately 1,200 cosmetologists statewide,” said Natalie Lockhart, Vice President of JCPenney Salon. “We believe licensing should be fair and affordable. We support HB 2407 and believe that it will create parity with the existing high school cosmetology education track, and allow trained, competent graduates to enter the workforce sooner.”
Common, sensible licensing standards are crucial to sustainable growth for our industry and protecting public safety. The Future of the Beauty Industry Coalition supports the efforts by Texas legislators to help remove the barriers to entry for those looking to enter the cosmetology field, while maintaining high licensing standards to ensure health and public safety.
The Future of the Beauty Industry Coalition brings together — licensed stylists, salon owners, manufacturers, distributors, state cosmetology boards, students and schools — in order to build a stronger industry. Members include: Empire Schools, BlueCo Brands, the Professional Beauty Association, and The International SalonSpa Business Network. Learn more at http://futurebeautyindustrycoalition.com/.