BREAKING NEWS! Update on Universal Licensing

BREAKING—Some great news for cosmetology:
The Future of the Beauty Industry Coalition is partnering with the Council of State Governments and the Department of Defense to support the mobility of licensed cosmetologists through the development of a new interstate compact. This additional licensing pathway will create reciprocity among participant states and reduce the barriers to license portability and employment.

To that end, this week, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee (R) signed HB 2781 – the Cosmetology Compact bill – into law. Tennessee is the seventh state to adopt the Cosmetology Licensure Compact.

The Compact has now reached the seven-state threshold required for launch. Compact legislation has passed and been signed into law in Alabama, Arizona, Kentucky, Maryland, Virginia, Tennessee, and Colorado. There are still active Compact bills in California, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Work will begin to get the charter set up, which will lead to license mobility for cosmetologists in those states.

Universal licensing legislation makes a state recognize professional licenses issued by other states—a shift that will remove regulatory red tape that can be an obstacle for out-of-state workers trying to get started in a new place. FBIC supports Universal Licensing.

In addition, in Nebraska, Governor Pillen signed LB 16 (Universal Licensing Recognition bill) into law. The new law will require all occupational boards to issue credentials based on credentials or work experience in another jurisdiction. So, Nebraska will recognize cosmetology licenses from all states.

In Missouri, Gov. Parson has signed legislation into law that includes language recognizing similar “scope of practice” and “at the same practice level”. That means the Missouri State Board doesn’t have to compare and contrast the license requirements between their state and the states of incoming license holders, including hours. Missouri will recognize all cosmetology licenses.

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