Yeah, you read that right.
As of current Missouri law, any small business owner who wants to focus on JUST braiding hair (as in not cutting or coloring or anything, JUST braiding) has to obtain a cosmetology license that will, you guessed it, cost 15K as well as 1500 hours of your life.
Well, representatives fought to rectify that today. Even Governor Greitens mentioned it in his initial State of the State address (he actually mentioned very little of anything else. I kid, I kid). Last week, during the first committee hearing, even Speaker of the House, Todd Richardson, came to hear about the bill. It’s THAT big of a deal. Evidently, twenty other states don’t require any sort of restrictions regarding small business owners who want to focus on hair braiding.
Representatives from the Professional Registration and Licensing Committee added an amendment that focuses primarily on cosmetology. The law would allow cosmetologists from out of state to come to Missouri without having to re-register their license. Essentially, someone from Tennessee with only 300 hours of training as required by the state will be able to come to Missouri and practice even though Missouri requires 1500 hours.
So whenever you go to your hair dresser next, be sure to ask them if they’re from Tennessee or not; that way you know if they had less then a third of the training that Missouri cosmetologists do.
The updated Hair Braiding Freedom Act has passed through its first committee with votes in favor and against coming from both sides. It needs one more committee approval before heading on to the House.
Also, fun note.
Governor Greitens has decided to make his annual budget proposal FINALLY tomorrow at 11 a.m. The drawback is that it’s going to be held in Nixa, Missouri, a good two and half hours south of Jefferson City and it’s also held at the same time the House will review, amend, and vote on the Right-To-Work bill.
Keep in mind, if the House approves the Senate’s version of Right-To-Work, then they are DONE! It gets sent to Governor Greitens desk who will likely sign it immediately; labor unions better look out and prepare themselves for a loss in revenue. Usually, bills get held up by either the Upper or Lower House in order to make changes to the law; however, given how persistent conservatives have been with the passage of this law (given that Nixon has vetoed it more than a few times), they’re likely to just bite the bullet tomorrow.
Missouri may become the 28th Right-To-Work state by the end of this month, if not within the first two weeks of February.