NEWS: Alaska House Passes Legislation to Support Alaska Manicurists

Rep. Matt Claman

HB 222 Removes Harmful Licensure Requirements for Manicurists

April 27, 2017

Juneau – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives passed legislation sponsored by Representative Matt Claman (D-Anchorage) to repeal harmful statutes which disadvantage small Alaska businesses.  House Bill 222 removes unreasonable and unnecessary manicurist licensing requirements; allowing experienced manicurists to continue to practice without re-taking a training course as part of their license renewal.  

In 2015, the Alaska Legislature increased requirements for manicurist licensure in hopes of improving the health and safety of nail salon patrons. The 2015 changes required an examination and 250 hours of classroom training in order to obtain a manicurists license. The bill had unintended consequences and was ultimately found to require existing manicurists seeking renewal to undertake the entire curriculum. Under the 2015 legislation, over 900 experienced manicurists seeking license renewal will be required to re-take training courses that cost thousands of dollars and require weeks of unpaid time away from their jobs.

“Thomas Jefferson famously said “that government is best which governs least,” said Representative Claman. “House Bill 222 is a successful step towards limiting regulations that harm working Alaskans.”

House Bill 222 undoes the 2015 legislation, which required all manicurists to meet the standards of an advanced manicurist, removing the onerous renewal process and the unreasonable burden of redundant training hours for experienced manicurists. The bill returns manicurist licensing to its previous form, where there are two tiers of license, one for manicurists and one for advanced manicurists. House Bill 222 keeps hard working Alaskans employed and keeps jobs in Alaska.

House Bill 222 passed the Alaska House of Representatives today by a vote of 40-0. The bill now goes to the Alaska State Senate for consideration.

For more information, contact Sara Perman in Rep. Claman’s office at 907-465-4919.


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