Stop Tennessee bill making cosmetology licenses unnecessary

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February 8, 2020 Haley Morgan

Tennessee lawmakers introduce bill that could make cosmetology licenses unnecessary. February 8, 2020 Haley Morga

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Companion bills Senate Bill 1914 and House Bill 1945 would permit any person to practice cosmetology without a license, provided the provider of the service enters into a written agreement with the client to waive all liability that could occur during the provider’s performance.

The written agreement must acknowledge that the customer is aware the provider is not licensed, and that the customer “releases the person performing the work from all liability that may arise from the person’s performance of the work, except for an action brought for intentional, willful, or malicious conduct. “

The senate bill, sponsored by Rep. Martin Daniel was filed for introduction on January 28th, 2020, as well as the house bill, sponsored by Senator Janice Bowling. You can find this information here as well as read the bills in their entirety.

The Professional Beauty Industry issued an “Action Alert” asking professionals in the industry in Tennessee to tell state legislators to oppose the bills. PBA states in its alert: “This is a detriment to consumer safety. Licensing for the professional beauty industry should remain mandatory due to the use of highly concentrated professional chemicals/products, the use of instruments, and the hands on nature of professional services provided to the hair, skin, and body. Take Action now to tell the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee and the House Business Subcommittee to oppose these bills!” 

Both bills state that, if passed, the effect would take place July 1st, 2020. If you are a Tennessee resident, the PBA alert can be accessed here to contact officials.