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2012 House Bill 5517: Repeal barber licensure mandate
  1. Introduced by Rep. Tom McMillin (R) on March 22, 2012, to repeal the law that prohibits an individual from earning a living as a barber unless he or she gets a state license that, among other things, requires completing a 2,000-hour course of study at a licensed barber college, paying fees, and meeting other requirements imposed by a board comprised of incumbent barbers who have received political appointments to this board. This and House Bill 5518 would also repeal licensure mandates on barber shops and barber colleges.
    • Referred to the House Regulatory Reform Committee on March 22, 2012.


Re: 2012 House Bill 5517 (Repeal barber licensure mandate )  by KEVDOG on January 21, 2013 
I went to barber college and got my Michigan Barber license in 2010. I guess, if this goes thru, I could be one of the last of a breed. Been barbering off and on since then, as well as other opportunities as have come up(I'm also a computer tech and have machinist training, and about to get my CDL). Naturally, I would like to see the barber profession remain licensed to preserve my investment and the Barber shops, standards and tradition. One side effect of deregulating barbering that people may not realize, is the probable loss of all the Barber schools in Michigan(I think there are four remaining), as they are also licensed, and inspected under the barbering law. No more barbers, no more need for the schools. Another ponder item is, while barbers are on the dereg block, cosmetologists and the beauty shops and chain hair cutters are not targeted for this also. Only the Barbers, and barber schools. Why is this? Why only the Barber Shops? Why not dereg the beauty shops as well? It would make sense to simplify and get get rid of all of it, all of the beauty shop license fees and beauty schools and training and licenses too, right? That's not happening.
My take on it, is not to eliminate or close the existing barber shops, but to fold everybody under the large and powerful cosmetology industry and training and license system, and make everybody subject to those training requirements and fees. Prospective barbers would still have to pay to go to school, only beauty school, and be licensed and pay all the fees as a cosmotologist to cut hair legally anyway. Existing barbers and shops come renu time would still pay fees for individual and shop licenses, only they would be beauty and cosmotology licenses. I think the push behind this is probably corporate. The hair cuttery chains and clips places I believe would benefit, as they in some cases try to pass themselves off as barber shops staffed with barbers, even complete with the barber pole, when they are not. Nothing better than to use all that money and influence to legislate the competition and restrictions away. Am I in any way saying cosmetologists can't cut men's hair? No, I've seen and been to some great ones and not so good ones over the years. I've also had great and terrible barbers over the years. Can't say I'm the best barber yet myself, still learning a lot. Is there a lot of kitchen and basement cutting going on unlicensed, sure there is. Kind of reminds me of prohibition. When I was in school, many of the students where highly skilled longtime kitchen, garage and basement cutters who went to the school to get the license, so they could then legally work in a shop or open a legal shop of their own with their existing customers. Does all this matter to the average customer at large? Probably not. All they want is a good haircut, whoever does it where.

Re: 2012 House Bill 5517 (Repeal barber licensure mandate )  by lgaynor on September 4, 2012 
Michigan is already behind other progressive states, most notably Ohio, in the fact that it does not require at least 20 hours per year of continuing education to maintain a license for barber, cosmetology and manicuring. The fact that Michigan is contemplating eliminating the licensing requirements for barbers is a dramatic departure of the pro-business environment Gov. Synder is creating and will undo generations of efforts on behalf of the barber industry to maintain standards and trust the public has had getting haircuts, shaves and other services. This bill needs to be postponed indefinitely.

Re: 2012 House Bill 5517 (Repeal barber licensure mandate )  by dorianking on June 29, 2012 
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