New Bill Will Do Away with Barber and Cosmetology Licenses

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A new bill is proposing the abolishment of regulations of the practice of barbering and cosmetology is receiving backlash from professionals in the Rio Grande Valley and across the state. 

The bill will cut licenses from the barber and cosmetology industry, in order to expand employment and opportunities. But those already with licenses are calling the proposal unsafe and unfair. 

“I feel like it’s a big slap to the face,” said J Armando Garcia, owner of J Armando’s Barber Studio. 

If passed, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation will return to a person who holds a valid license, certificate or permit a portion of the fee paid to the department.

“It’s not right for all the barbers that went to school for it and took all the training,” said Cristian Serna, barber at J Armando’s Barber Studio. 

The author of the bill hopes it will allow Texans that are willing to join the workforce to face the fewest obstacles possible, and prevent future students from collecting massive amounts of debt. But current professionals don’t see it that way. 

“Think about it how many professional schools would be closing down,” Garcia said. 

If passed, the bill will go into effect on September 1. 

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