House unanimously passes bill to help cosmetologists, others renew their expired licenses

A bill from Rep. Cyndy Jacobsen that would give an assist to cosmetologists, hair designers, barbers, and manicurists who have been pushed out of the workforce by COVID is one step closer to becoming law.

House Bill 1930 was unanimously passed by the House of Representatives on Friday, after earlier receiving unanimous support from the House Consumer Protection and Business Committee.

“This bill was brought to my attention by a constituent who has been hampered by the licensing renewal process for cosmetologists and other professionals with similar licenses,” said Jacobsen, R-Puyallup. “So many people were forced to shut down because of the pandemic restrictions. Now, as they attempt to return to work, they are facing additional obstacles. This bill will improve that process, and I hope to introduce more comprehensive legislation about this issue during the interim.”

Under current law, if someone in one of these professions fails to renew his or her license before it expires, the process to renew it is like starting over again.

These types of licenses expire two years after issuance. If a license expires before the renewal date, the licensee is subject to a penalty fee and payment of each year's renewal fee. Generally, a license that is not renewed within one year after its expiration date is canceled, and the person seeking to renew such a license is required to meet the same standards as a new applicant.

House Bill 1930 would allow licensed cosmetologists, hair designers, barbers, manicurists, and estheticians until June 30, 2023, to renew a license that was expired, or canceled, after March 1, 2020.

The bill now heads to the Senate for further consideration.

The 2022 legislative session is scheduled to end March 10.

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Washington State House Republican Communications
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