- Associated Press - Thursday, May 11, 2017

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Braiding hair professionally in Louisiana won’t require a license, if state senators agree to proposals that won overwhelming support from House lawmakers.

Carencro Rep. Julie Emerson said someone who wants to braid under current regulations must have 500 hours of training to obtain a license in “alternative hair design.” She said no schools offer that curriculum in Louisiana and it makes no sense to go to cosmetology school to open a hair braiding business.

Two Emerson measures, backed by the House on Thursday, would exempt braiding services from regulation by the state cosmetology board and do away with the alternative license.

Dry Creek Rep. Dorothy Sue Hill, who opposed both, said she worried they would lessen oversight and jeopardize safety.

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House Concurrent Resolution 5 and House Bill 468: www.legis.la.gov

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