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                  
 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           
 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.                                

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