Bill makes it easier for barbers, cosmetologists to get professional licenses

Gov. John Carney today will sign a bill making it easier for job seekers with a criminal record to obtain professional licenses from the Board of Cosmetology and Barbering.

The board regulates practices in cosmetology, barbering, nail technology, aesthetics and electrology. It also issues permits and licenses to prospective workers and shop owners in the industry.

The bill gives the Department of Correction discretion to grant waivers for felony convictions three years after the crime. It also precludes the Board from considering a felony record where 10 years have elapsed since the date of conviction.

The bill also authorizes the Department of Correction to create a barbering training program within state prisons to help inmates meet licensure requirements while incarcerated.

State Rep. James Johnson introduced the legislation.

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