Rep. Steve Johnson has introduced a bill to eliminate the state requirement that individuals obtain a license before being able to become a barber.
“The state mandates in Michigan to be a barber are among the highest in the nation; in fact, Michigan barbers need more educational requirements than attorneys,” said Jarrett Skorup, director of marketing and communications for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. “The strict rules limit economic opportunity, especially for those with modest means.”
The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs states that an applicant for a barber’s license “must be at least 17 years of age, satisfactorily complete 1,800 hours of coursework at a licensed barber college, pass an examination approved by the board and the department, must have completed at least the tenth grade of school or possess an equivalent education, and be of good moral character.”
“Quite simply, state government has a thousand better things to do than tell barbers how to cut hair,” said Johnson. “This license is an unnecessary regulation and does nothing to protect public safety.”
Johnson’s bill repealing these licensing requirements would free up valuable time so a new barber could be out in the workforce sooner pursuing their vocation.
House Bill 5438 has been referred to the House Regulatory Reform Committee for further consideration.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Steve Johnson talks about Thursday’s meeting with officials from the Michigan Auditor General’s office and Department of Health and Human Services Director Elizabeth Hertel on COVID deaths in nursing homes during the pandemic. Rep. Johnson says a recent Auditor General’s report and testimony Thursday makes him think that the state […]
House Oversight Committee Chairman Steve Johnson discusses the upcoming release of the Michigan Auditor General’s report into COVID-19 long-term care facility deaths in Michigan. The state’s Department of Health acknowledged in a letter that a previous total of COVID-19 long-term care facility deaths is 30 percent lower than what the Auditor General found.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Steve Johnson talks about the committee’s meeting Thursday, when members will hear from officials from the Michigan Auditor General’s office about a state undercount of COVID-related nursing home deaths.
House Oversight committee Chair Rep. Steve Johnson talks about Thursday’s joint House and Senate Oversight hearing with the leadership from the state’s Unemployment Insurance Agency regarding a Deloitte investigation into payments made by the UIA involving fraud and intentional misrepresentation. The investigation determined $8.5 billion in taxpayer money was lost to fraud. Rep. Johnson says […]