Monday, May 1, 2017 won’t go down as a great day in history for the Louisiana State Board of Cosmetology. First, at its regular meeting of 9 a.m. that morning, Cosmetologist Chris Guidry, an open critic of the Board, who has posted in the recent past that the Board is a “straight money grab with no regard for the guest or the craft and is disgusting,” addressed the Board directly. The following video highlights his presentation to the Board:
Guidry, an outspoken critic of the Cosmetology Board and its regulatory shortcomings,
addresses the Board and offers his suggestions for improvement.
Only a few hours later, the Board, which has held steadfast that it should not budge regarding the 500-hour educational requirement for anyone to obtain a permit to braid hair, saw legendary Institute for Justice attorney Lee McGrath testify before the Louisiana House Commerce Committee and present compelling evidence as to why Louisiana should require, as Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana would say, “none, zero, zilch, nada” license or permit requirement to braid hair in Louisiana. Let’s take a look at highlights of that testimony:
Meanwhile, HB-326, which would raise the cosmetology license renewal fee from $25 to $35, has stalled on the House floor. Sound Off Louisiana has learned that Gov. Edwards’ office has been inundated with complaints about the Cosmetology Board in the last several weeks. Viewers may recall our extensive feature on the snow job attempted by Cosmetology Board Chairman Edwin Neill, III, and Executive Director Steve Young to cram the increase down licensees’ throats. That attempt has met with hostile resistance, particularly in light of the covert manner in which the increase was attempted.
The viewership for the Legislature’s stream of the Commerce Committee’s hearing entailing HB-468 was high. One viewer is extremely angered by what he contends are misrepresentations by members of the Cosmetology Board and/or its attorneys which have run rampant over the years. When asked for an example, he supplied the following Facebook post by current Cosmetology Board Member Mike Grayson:
The reality is that the Cosmetology Board has licensed numerous nail salons, including the cosmetologist angered by Grayson’s post, to engage in waxing services. Thus, is Grayson indicating that the Cosmetology Board staff who issued those licenses do not know the law? Perhaps the following video in which attorney Celia Cangelosi is readily exposed as not knowing the law (despite her role as prosecuting attorney of alleged infractions) may have been of benefit to Grayson before he made his Facebook post (especially since the video emanated from a meeting conducted about a year before Grayson became a member of the Board):
Cosmetology Board attorney Celia Cangelosi is exposed to be ignorant of the law forbidding manicuring activities in esthetic salons.
Given the sordid past history of the Board, the massive litigation expenses, the chaos surrounding what is and isn’t legal to such an extent that even a prosecuting attorney doesn’t know what’s legal, perhaps Guidry has the best solution: simply “do away with it and proceed with full-blown deregulation.”
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