Cosmetology bill introduced by Toledo-area state representative passes Ohio House

House Bill 582 (Jaden Jefferson)

TOLEDO, Ohio — House Bill 542, introduced by State Rep. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo), has passed the Ohio House during session this week by a vote of 82–0. The bill contains revisions to Ohio’s barbering and cosmetology laws, including a reduction of the minimum age to start barbering school to 16.

“Currently, young Ohioans can begin cosmetology school at age 16, but have to wait to age 17 to being barbering school. HB 542 lowers the age for barbering school to 16 to be consistent,” said Rep. Sobecki. “With this change, more young Ohioans will have the opportunity to jumpstart their career training earlier.”

HB 542 was introduced to harmonize Ohio’s barbering and cosmetology laws, as in 2013, the two professions were put under the jurisdiction of the newly merged State Cosmetology and Barber Board. HB 542 cleans up the law and streamlines the licensing process.

It now awaits further consideration by the state senate.

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