Bill Deregulating Cosmetologists Dropped

By Mary Collins
By Evansville Courier

January 26, 2012 Updated Jan 26, 2012 at 1:37 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS, (Evansville Courier)--- Indiana Rep. Dave Wolkins killed a bill Wednesday that would have eliminated licenses for cosmetologists and a handful of other professions.

Wolkins, R-Winona Lake, said the stylists, aestheticians and others who came to testify on the bill last week were so persuasive that their industry should be licensed and regulated that he would not even ask for a vote on the legislation.

Wolkins authored the House Bill 1006 after a legislatively appointed group — the Regulated Occupation Evaluations Committee — studied licensing issues last year. The group recommended the elimination of the boards overseeing cosmetologists, dietitians, hearing aid dealers, private investigator firms and security guards.

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