When Did That Happen?
Unfortunately, many are sadly uninformed about what happens in their State government, notwithstanding most of the laws governing salon operations, licensure, and schools are all set by State officials. Far too often, we hear about laws impacting our businesses and careers far too late, well after they have already been enacted or worse, when we get a summons or a surprise letter from a state tax agency in the mail.
Former CA State Senator (now Congressman) Lou Correa said it best when explaining the work of Sacramento policymakers and regulators, “If we don’t do it for you . . . we will do it to you!”, illustrating the importance of having a cohesive and actively-engaged industry voice in our State Capitol.
Have you Heard?
Gossip, rumor, second-hand news and fake news is nothing but trouble. Critical Information passing from one person to the next means each adds their own interpretation/opinion and too often misinformation into it. Like the game of ‘telephone’ … by the time you get that information it looks very little like the reality. Lots of opinions added and important details omitted. Guaranteed … not accurate.
Reduction of Schooling and State Barriers
A recent and major change to how the next generation of California barbers and cosmetology will be educated, trained and licensed was passed in 2021 as part of the Sunset Review of California’s State Board in the form of SB 803 (Roth). While the PBFC was successful in removing some of the most threatening elements of the early iteration of the bill (e.g., removing hair-cutting from our licensed scope), we remained opposed to these sweeping reforms throughout the legislative process (as much for the timing, coming on the heels of Covid lockdowns, as the substance). You can read our columns on SB 803 in our Hot Topics page, including this entry:
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- The Governor’s Office
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For the 2021 Legislative year, this is the BIGGIE that we are working on: #StopSB803