Petition Against North Carolina Hair Braiding License - House Bill 291

KEEP HAIR BRAIDING FREE NC Law (House Bill 291) was passed and signed by Governor Bev Perdue to create a new licensure for natural hair care specialists. This new license will require 300 hours of training at an approved cosmetic art/natural hair care school. Once the law goes into effect July 1, 2010 current natural hair care practitioners will have 1 year to obtain licensure by passing the state board examination developed by NIC, the Board’s testing provider. Natural hair care salons will also be required to become licensed within the year. Please review the Bill at: http://elucid.me/291nc This bill was quickly passed in 6months time as shown here: http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/billlookup/billlookup.pl?Session=2009&BillID=H291 QUICK FACTS: Majority of hair braiding shops are owned or operated by minority (African, African-American), female (18-50), small business owners. The new law will require paid training and fees associated with registering for the license. The bill cites 11 other states adopting this practice as well as 12 others who require extra training. Questions Arise from the New Law Such as: Does other states' regulation make the bill more legit? Is hair braiding merely a part of true African culture or newly African-American Art passed down from ancestors? Was the new regulation needed from the beginning? Will the public be in harm if not regulated? Is there skills to hair braiding that actually call for training? Is there alternative way to help, such as information and inspection of good sanitation from shops, without requiring license? These questions have brought this petition and debate on this new law. See a few answers from the bill below or read the full version at http://elucid.me/291 Please share our link to your social networks on and offline to keep hair braiding free from regulation and fees. We appreciate any and all support, thank you! Vague answers inside the Bill include: 2. Have there been any complaints about the unregulated profession or occupation?Please give specific examples including (unless confidentiality must be maintained)complainants’ names and addresses. General complaints from the cosmetic art profession and occasional complaints from thepublic concerning unlicensed cosmetology performance 4. Is there potential for substantial harm or danger by the profession or occupation tothe public health, safety, or welfare? How can this potential for substantial harm ordanger be recognized? Public health could be jeopardized by the lack of any sanitation standards. State cosmeticart inspectors are trained to recognize the lack of disinfection and sterilizationprocedure 6. What will be the economic advantage of licensing to the public? Page 17 No economic advantage to the public. 7. What will be the economic disadvantage of licensing to the public? No economic disadvantage to the public. 8. What will be the economic advantages of licensing to the practitioners? No economic advantages to practitioners. 9. What will be the economic disadvantages of licensing to the practitioners? $10 annual fee will be assessed to a hair braider. 11. Please detail the specific specialized skills or training that distinguishes theoccupation from ordinary labor. Following the grandfathering period, hair braiders will be required to attend a 300 hourtraining course from an approved cosmetic art school. Techniques, safety, and sanitationwill be taught in the course --These are just a few, please read the full report at http://elucid.me/291

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