Dear Representative ___________________,
I am writing this letter to urge you to vote “NO” on House Bill # 5517 and House Bill # 5518.
These House Bill’s makes no “common sense”. Someone with knowledge of the Barber Profession should have been included in this discussion.
I currently hold a Barber License in the State of Michigan. I would be very troubled to see these House Bill’s pass and repeal Article 11 which regulates the Barber Profession.
One of my main concerns is that Michigan would be the only State not having laws to regulate
barber licensing. This would open up our State to all of the people that have been denied licenses in other states and countries, because of their criminal, or illegal business activities.
It would also restrict all of the 4618 Michigan licensed barber’s from moving to another
State and practicing as a licensed barber. Other States require a current Michigan Barber
license for reciprocity.
Secondly, I think it is a slap in the face to all the barber’s that have invested many dollars in Michigan, establishing business and following all of the current licensing laws. If you want people to continue to believe in Michigan and invest here you must not destroy their profession.
Another concern I have is that many young people have a desire to become a barber one day.
We have always encouraged them to complete High School and then pursue their chosen career.
If Article 11 is repealed there would be no minimum age or educational requirements. A young person that does not have a interest in school would only have to buy a pair of clippers and go to work. This would increase the High School drop-out rate.
And of course lastly barbers are trained and regulated in sanitation standards that are designed to prevent the spread of contagious diseases. In these times of very serious diseases such as Hepatitis, HIV/Aids and (MRSA) a lack of regulations and inspections would be very unfortunate.
Currently there are about 4618 licensed barbers, 1700 licensed barber shops, and 5 licensed barber colleges. Hopefully you will take these hard working people into consideration before repealing Article 11.
And has anyone considered how this would effect Article 12 (Cosmetology licensing laws)??