Lee McGrath, representing Institute for Justice, openly appeals to Louisiana Cosmetology Board to allow hair braiders, eyebrow threaders to practice trade with little or no licensing requirements.

Institute for Justice Attorney Lee McGrath


Viewers may recall that Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards’ new appointees to the Louisiana State Board of Cosmetology Board (LSBC) were immediately greeted by a lawsuit filed by the Institute for Justice (IJ).  The suit seeks to enable eyebrow threaders to practice their trade without the need for a Louisiana cosmetology license.


More recently, in the 2017 Louisiana Legislative Session, Louisiana State Rep. Julie Emerson (R-Carencro), introduced House Bill 468 to exempt hair braiders from having to be licensed to practice their trade.


On September 30, 2017, the LSBC issued a public notice that it would conduct a public hearing concerning its proposed rule changes to Title 46, which governs the practice of cosmetology in Louisiana.  The following video clips entail the public comment by IJ attorneys and others regarding these proposed rule changes delivered at that public hearing of Monday, October 30, 2017:


IJ attorney Lee McGrath makes his public comment on the proposed rule changes.

Lata Jagtiani, plaintiff in the IJ litigation against the LSBC linked above, makes her public comment on the proposed rule changes.

IJ Attorney Renee’ Flaherty, serving as plaintiff attorney in the above linked litigation, makes her public comment on the proposed rule changes.

Robert Burns, Sound Off Louisiana founder, makes his public comment on the LSBC in general and makes
vague reference to Cosmetologist Chris Guidry’s scathing assessment of the LSBC.  Guidry, an 
Aveda Institute graduate
, which is a school owned by LSBC Chairman Edwin Neill, referred to the LSBC as a “straight money grab.”  He also, during oral statements to the LSBC of May 1, 2017, lamented the fact students are paying $20,000 in tuition to graduate from cosmetology schools and then, “we’re losing them to jobs waiting tables in restaurants.”

Louisiana State Sen. Regina Barrow, D-Baton Rouge, makes her public comment on the LSBC’s proposed rule changes.


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