Legislature(1995 - 1996)
02/15/1996 03:05 PM House HES
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HB 73 - LICENSURE OF MANICURISTS Number 171 REPRESENTATIVE BRICE said at the last meeting the committee raised a concern relating to the issue of artificial nails and the application of those nails. He said the definition of "manicuring" in Section 19 of the committee substitute has been expanded to include artificial nails. Additionally, there had been some concern raised by the Division of Occupational Licensing regarding the length of time in transitioning. It was his understanding that 180 days would give the division plenty of time to get the individuals who are grandfathered under this bill to apply and become licensed. He noted those two issues had been addressed in Sections 19 and 20 of the committee substitute. Number 225 ALICE MASSIE testified via teleconference that as a long time stylist, instructor and salon owner in Alaska. She said manicurists were licensed in the past and she thought it was a great injustice that the licensure had been done away with. There are several health factors related to the industry. The filing, tools used, and the possibility of fungus are all factors and she feels it is important to have licensure. CO-CHAIR TOOHEY asked if Ms. Massie had any idea why the licensure was taken away. MS. MASSIE said she didn't know exactly, but added that other states, for example Washington and California, that did away with the licensure requirement, but now have re-licensure because of the danger factor and misuse of products. Number 321 STORMY JOSTEN testified via teleconference and echoed the comments made by the previous testifier. She has had individuals come into the shop who have file burns and mold. She commented because there is a chance of blood contact, good sterilization techniques need to be in place and the chemicals if used improperly, can cause some serious health problems. Given the risk of AIDS or hepatitis, some of the things she has seen and experiences she has heard about is really quite frightening. Number 392 DAGMAR STRANAK testified that she is a shop owner and had worked on legislation three or four years ago which made it to the floor, but was dropped because it was attached to another bill. She, too, has run into problems with improper application, cross contamination because of product from two different lines being applied that causes an adverse allergic reaction and fungus. She feels that regulations are needed, particularly in the area of the amount of time an individual should spend learning the trade. CO-CHAIR BUNDE asked if there was any further public testimony on HB 73. Hearing none, he closed public testimony. Number 538 REPRESENTATIVE ROBINSON moved to adopt committee substitute for HB 73, version 9-LS0358\F, dated 1/24/96. Hearing no objection, it was so ordered. Number 554 REPRESENTATIVE ROBINSON moved to pass CSHB 73(HES) out of committee with individual recommendation and attached fiscal note. REPRESENTATIVE ROKEBERG referred to the fiscal note and asked if this would actually generate revenue or end up being revenue neutral. REPRESENTATIVE BRICE responded it would generate revenue through program receipts every two years. After further discussion, he suggested that Representative Rokeberg may want to direct his questions regarding the fiscal note to the Division of Occupational Licensing. REPRESENTATIVE ROKEBERG asked if Representative Brice could confirm that it would have a positive rather than a negative fiscal impact. RAY GOAD, Legislative Assistant to Representative Tom Brice, said the Division of Occupational Licensing is 100 percent funded through program receipts; that is people applying for licenses pay for the license and the cost of the examination. The administrative costs are then borne by the amount of money the division would charge for that license. He believed the fiscal note prepared by the Division of Occupational Licensing was revenue neutral and reflected revenues collected in license fees, and then go to the administration of examinations. CO-CHAIR BUNDE asked if there were any objections to the motion to move CSHB 73(HES) with individual recommendations and attached fiscal note. Hearing none, it was so ordered.