Wisconsin Senate: No licenses for braiding hair

Updated: 06/23/2021 03:00 PM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Senate has passed a bill that would allow people to braid hair without a license. The Black community has been pushing to deregulate braiding for years.

According to the Institute for Justice, 30 states currently exempt braiders from licensure. Wisconsin doesn't require licenses for braiding hair, but the bill's main authors, Rep. Shelia Stubbs and Sen. LaTonya Johnson, contend braiders are getting mixed messages about whether they need them. T

hey also contend hair-braiding is an ancient craft and de-regulating it will allow more female entrepreneurs to practice braiding. The Senate approved the bill on a voice vote Wednesday.

The Assembly passed it in March. The bill goes next to Gov. Tony Evers.


Published: 06/23/2021 08:54 AM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Senate is set to pass a bill that would allow people to braid hair without a license. The Black community has been pushing to deregulate braiding for years.

According to the Institute for Justice, 30 states currently exempt braiders from licensure. The Wisconsin's bill's main authors, Rep. Shelia Stubbs and Sen. LaTonya Johnson, contend hair-braiding is an ancient craft and de-regulating it will allow more female entrepreneurs to practice braiding, creating more jobs for people of color.

The Senate was scheduled to vote on the bill Wednesday. The Assembly passed it in March. Senate approval wound send the proposal on to Gov. Tony Evers.

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