Legislature(2015 - 2016)BARNES 124
03/21/2016 03:15 PM House LABOR & COMMERCE
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HB 289-BOARD OF BARBERS AND HAIRDRESSERS 4:05:35 PM CHAIR OLSON announced that the final order of business would be HOUSE BILL NO. 289, "An Act relating to the membership of the Board of Barbers and Hairdressers." 4:05:45 PM REPRESENTATIVE LEDOUX, speaking as the sponsor of HB 289, said the bill does three things: 1.) changes the number of members on the [Board of Barbers and Hairdressers,Division Of Corporations,Business And Professional Licensing, Department of Commerce, Community & EconomicDevelopment] from six to seven; 2.) decreases the number of licensed barbers on the board from two persons to one person; 3.) adds a manicurist or a nail technician to the board. She said the reason for the first change is that seven members are needed on the board in order to break a tie vote. The second change - to eliminate one barber member - was because there are few licensed barbers in the state. Finally, a manicurist or nail technician was needed on the board to represent the many nail technicians in the state. 4:08:37 PM CHAIR OLSON referred to related legislation passed in 2015. 4:08:43 PM REPRESENTATIVE LEDOUX, in response to Chair Olson, said the previous legislation did not give nail technicians a seat on the board. 4:09:35 PM CHAIR OLSON opened public testimony on HB 289. 4:09:56 PM JEANNINE JABAAY, Public Member, Board of Barbers and Hairdressers (board), Division of Corporations, Business, and Licensing, Department of Commerce, Community & Economic Development, said she was speaking on behalf of the board and expressed its complete support of [HB 289]. The board currently is a six-member board, which governs the licenses of Alaska's barbers, hairdressers, nail technicians, manicurists, estheticians, tattoo artists, body piercers, and permanent cosmetic colorists, who make up the third largest group of licensees in the state. The bill adds a seventh member to the board to provide representation for nearly 1,000 nail technicians and manicurists, and to balance overrepresentation by barbers. In 2015, legislation was passed to require nail technicians to obtain an education, and to pass a board examination, which validates the industry and protects the community. Ms. Jabaay said the [HB 289] would provide representation to nail technician licensees, provide an odd- numbered and more easily-obtainable quorum for the board, and lower overrepresentation by barbers. Because there are only 152 licensed barbers in the state, vacant barber seats have been hard to fill, and the bill allows for one of the barber seats to be filled by any licensee. She closed, pointing out that the board is receipt-supported and board members' travel reimbursements are paid by licensing fees, without any state funding. REPRESENTATIVE LEDOUX asked whether a barber is only licensed to cut men's hair. MS. JABAAY answered that in Alaska, barbering and hairdressing require 1,650 hours of education; hairdressing education focusses on coloring and permanents, barbering education focusses on using a straight razor, and hairdressers cannot use a straight razor. 4:14:46 PM CHAIR OLSON, after ascertaining no one else wished to testify, closed public testimony. [HB 289 was held over.]