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Gross's Boutique Services Opportunity Act Passes Ohio House

The legislation seeks to reform occupational licensing and create jobs
November 16, 2022
Jennifer Gross News

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State Representative Jennifer Gross (R-West Chester) announces her legislation known as the Boutique Services Opportunity Act has passed in the Ohio House. House Bill 433 reforms Ohio’s approach to occupational licensing and creates jobs for small business entrepreneurs who were disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.

“This modernizes the regulation of our state’s beauty industry to ensure we reduce barriers and burdensome regulations,” Gross said. “This will help our small businesses and create more jobs within this industry, and once again show Ohio is open for business.”

The Boutique Services Opportunity Act would repeal unnecessary regulations for safe practices to create more job opportunities for niche beauty service providers and entrepreneurs, which includes many women from diverse backgrounds.

Specifically, the bill:

  • Builds on the current definition of boutique services that allows for make-up artistry, shampooing and threading, and appropriately defines braiding; 
  • Adds blow-dry styling, eyelash extensions and wig styling to the definition of boutique services; and 
  • Repeals mandatory training, apprenticeship, continuing education and facility license requirements from the boutique services registration.

During the committee process, the legislation had several proponents, no opponents and now moves to the Senate for further consideration.