Nebraska Repeals Strict Licensing Laws for Hair Braiders

160318_NebraskaHairBraiding_Johnson-1250x650Better late than never, I suppose.

A cosmetology license, required for hair braiding? Really?

Here: from the Daily Signal.

Just two weeks ago, Nebraskans who wanted to make money braiding hair had to undergo 2,100 hours of training to obtain a cosmetology license, which state officials say dedicates little time to natural hair braiding techniques.

But now Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, a Republican, has signed legislation into law that will lift arduous occupational licensing requirements on the state’s hair braiders. […]

She said the government is often “too intrusive” and enacts restrictions that prevent people from earning an honest living. She hopes her bill, which Ricketts signed into law March 9, will empower female professionals to take risks, which she said will help build self-esteem.

“It’s the pursuing of the American Dream,” Fox said. “I think when you start taking risks and accomplishing things, it kind of makes you, the entrepreneur, set the bar higher and try to accomplish more.”

Yes, yes it does. That’s exactly what it does. The opportunity to accomplish something on your own. If you don’t know this 2100 hours is about 52 weeks at 40 hours per week, what we call full time, by the way, all that for hair braiding.

Furth said Nebraska’s legislature should continue to deregulate work in the state, where there is “no serious, proven risk” to public safety.

“One easy way to deregulate is to accept other states’ licenses: If you’re good enough to be a dentist in Iowa, you’re good enough to be a dentist in Nebraska,” he said. “That’s an easy way for a state to attract more skilled workers without being accused of risking public safety.”

via Nebraska Repeals Strict Licensing Laws for Hair Braiders

That I don’t completely agree with. While she’s right, as far as she goes, but she doesn’t go nearly far enough. As most of you know, I’m an electrician, and yes, I’m a pretty good one. And yes, bad electrical work can kill you, and do it quick, by electrocution, by fire, and by other things. But you know what, Nebraska’s licensing system, isn’t really about safety, maybe it was at one time, but now it functions as simply a medieval guild. It exists to prevent other equally good electricians from competing with the ones that have a license. If memory serves, neither Pennsylvania or Indiana have state licenses, although they likely have some sort of inspection regimen. By the way, here you need a state permit to change an outlet, which costs about $50 additional. Yeah, I know!

I’ve written about this before, here, and here, and this too is relevant. Yes, a lot of that has to do with codes, and inspections and such, but it’s still very relevant to the discussion.

Short form is this, having a bloody piece of paper, and having pushed a broom for four years, and having passed a test I could have passed when I was 14 just does not make you a competent electrician, neither does mandated continuing education, which requires that half of the courses you take each biennial period duplicate over and over again. Electrical theory hasn’t changed much in the last fifty years, but what has changed is the material we work with. I spent most of my time in the last few years with single board computers, programmable logic controllers, variable frequency drives, computer networks and sensors, and other things that didn’t exist in 1980. I did not learn that in bogus seminars for licensing requirements, I learned that mostly in the field, by reading, and by taking real seminars that allowed me to do the job.

The code has changed, it’s purpose now is, as near as I can tell to keep an unattended two year child, or a stupid drug addict safe, and like I said in one of the linked articles, it forces us to refuse to work on really hazardous installations, unless the client can afford the tariff.

Are there solutions? Sure, but we’re not looking for them, because the manufacturers want to sell higher priced material, and the authority having jurisdiction, who by the way, is not your local inspector, have a need to, at all costs, protect their jobs, for which, frankly, I don’t blame them at all.

And yes, all of this has much to do with why I retired or was that got too tired to deal with it.

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15 Responses to Nebraska Repeals Strict Licensing Laws for Hair Braiders

  1. Mike says:

    I can finally lift my travel ban on Nebraska.

    Liked by 1 person

    • NEO says:

      Indeed, think braiding will help my crew cut? 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • Mike says:

        Yes. Yes, I do.

        Liked by 1 person

  2. the unit says:

    Great! Now I know where to go to have that terrorist, extremist, old age sped up ear and nose hair growth seen about.
    Braids another option. I thought all I had going for me was comb overs. 🙂
    Seriously though, in nursing home where mom spent her last 6 months, they called in a podiatrist to trim toe nails. Aids not allowed. And this was 10 years ago @ $1050/week to be there. I shutter to think what it costs now.
    Why didn’t I do it? Longer story than a comment should be.
    Oh, and licensed professional cut them back ’til they bled.

    Liked by 1 person

    • NEO says:

      Yep, probably the only time that podiatrist did that, other than their own!

      Liked by 1 person

      • the unit says:

        Yeah and family got the additional bill. I.e, like at the hairdressers, where he worked in the facility for that.

        Liked by 1 person

        • NEO says:

          Yep, always the way, isn’t it!

          Liked by 1 person

      • the unit says:

        Priorities. Crowded nursing home had dedicated hairdressing room, chair, and equipment. Podiatrist got to use the chair on occasion. I saw the dentist once with old folks standing in line behind a straight back chair to be next (those who could stand). Dentist used flashlight to examine. Did some numbing and extractions on loose, gum diseased teeth. Of course there was no complicated oral surgery, implants and etc. Still the idea, this done out in the hall way.
        I guess this article is as good as any to risk my credibility as a citizen and commenter.
        I practiced dentistry 47 years…retired my license this year which would have been 50 years had I renewed. I just submit that all those years no formal complaints or board actions for FL Lic. #DN4280 if anyone wants to see …https://appsmqa.doh.state.fl.us/MQASearchServices/HealthcareProviders/LicenseVerification?LicInd=2852&Procde=701&org=%20
        I’m seeing Red Sails in the Sunset…oops I’m onboard too. 🙂
        Maybe I’m done commenting? Well it is April Fool’s Day.

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        • NEO says:

          Here’s a newsletter from Jess” church that you might like:

          Dear friends,

          We are very pleased to report that in accordance with Canon 01/04 vestry on Tuesday approved the following significant change to the interior of our church:
          After the pews in the North Aisle (which are not used very often) are removed as part of the development, we will create a miniature copy of the Caledonian forest there.
          We will permanently place a number of trees and other the plants and thus add to the biodiversity of our city.
          Considering the size of space, vestry was also very excited to include a water-feature, which will run the whole length of the North Aisle and can be used for baptisms, too.
          In order to support the photosynthetic process, we will have to install more powerful lighting, but this will also make the beauty of our stained glass windows more visible from the outside.
          As a long term project we foresee to also settle some small wildlife within our walls. But we need your help!
          We have not found a meaningful solution to dealing with animal waste falling down on the congregation during services.
          While some members of vestry suggested umbrellas, others were more in favour of raincoats and hats.
          We agreed to do a survey of the congregation on this issues.
          This is very exciting time in our history and we are very pleased that we will not only be able to provide a more accessible space for for humans after the development, but also for indigenous fauna and flora.

          Any comment is more than welcome.

          Yours, on this First Day of April,

          Markus

          Indeed it is 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          Simple. Turn their Cubbies baseball caps backwards. Bill will prevent excrement from smudging their neck tattoos. 4/1/16. This primarily addressed to new defense department decision on tattoos. But might work there too. lol

          Liked by 1 person

        • NEO says:

          Quite! 🙂

          Liked by 1 person

  3. the unit says:

    Well I didn’t address the idea of reciprocity…licensed in Iowa being able to move and practice in Nebraska. There is no doubt besides public safety there is protectionism involved in state laws. Years ago in dental school and then in the military there wasn’t a dentist I knew who didn’t want to come to Florida.
    All I can say is the opportunity was there then as now. Come and take the state boards available to all. Pay your nickel and take your ride.
    And I’m not up to date if Florida has reciprocity with any other states these days.

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    • NEO says:

      I know about electrical out here, and there is, with some. But that’s all I know.

      Liked by 1 person

      • the unit says:

        And perhaps some payola changes hands, don’t cha know? 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

        • NEO says:

          Almost never cash, I think, it’s pretty honest that way. But some favors are done, I suspect. 🙂

          Liked by 1 person

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