Support Ohio’s cosmetology bills

DEAR EDITOR:

We are the owners of several hair salons in Trumbull, Mahoning and Lake counties, as well as in Pennsylvania, providing top-notch styling services to our customers and proudly employing more than 100 talented individuals in this rewarding profession.

While successful, it has become extremely difficult for us to staff our locations, in part, because it’s so expensive and time consuming for students to obtain a cosmetology license in Ohio, and difficult to transfer an out-of-state license to Ohio.

House Bill 189 and Senate Bill 129 are pending in the Ohio General Assembly and will lessen excessive training requirements for those who want to work in Ohio’s cosmetology industry, while making it easier to work in Ohio if licensed in another state. These bills would greatly benefit those looking for jobs in Ohio, and allow us to draw talented, licensed workers from Pennsylvania to staff our Ohio locations.

Ohio requires 1,500 hours of training to sit for a cosmetology licensing exam for students attending private cosmetology schools, even though students at public vocational schools need to complete around only 1,000 hours. Police officers for example train for only 695 hours.

These bills would reduce required hours to 1,000 for all schools, while maintaining the safety and skills training to keep customers safe. Meanwhile, cosmetologists licensed in another state can use their work hours elsewhere to count toward Ohio licensing, and would not need to sit for the Ohio exam.

These bills encourage job growth in Ohio, benefit small business owners and customers, and we strongly encourage the Ohio General Assembly to pass them now.

DANA and DEBBI DEVEREUX

Howland

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