Legislature(2001 - 2002)

02/12/2001 09:07 AM FIN

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     SENATE BILL NO. 53                                                                                                         
     "An Act extending the termination date of the Board of Barbers                                                             
     and Hairdressers."                                                                                                         
HEATHER BRAKES, staff to  Senator Gene Therriault, indicated that SB
53 extends the Board of  Barbers and Hairdressers an additional four                                                            
years from  June 30,  2001 to June  30, 2005.   She referred  to the                                                            
legislative audit and explained  that the audit found that the board                                                            
should be  reestablished and  that it is a  benefit to the  public's                                                            
health,  safety  and  welfare.   She  pointed  out  that  the  board                                                            
benefits the public  by establishing minimum educational  experience                                                            
requirements,  but provide  reasonable assurance  that the  person's                                                            
licensed are qualified.   She noted that the Division of Legislative                                                            
Audit recommended that the board be extended to June 30, 2005.                                                                  
Senator  Green asked  that  the Committee  to  hold  the bill  until                                                            
Co-Chair  Donley addressed  the auditors and  wondered if there  was                                                            
any  inquiry into  the  concept of  self-testing  on  behalf of  the                                                            
educators of barbers and  hairdressers.  He indicated that it was an                                                            
issue  that came  up  several years  ago  as a  way to  improve  the                                                            
efficiency and  to make sure that the testing was  offered on a more                                                            
convenient   basis  for   persons  wishing   to  enter  into   these                                                            
PAT  DAVIDSON,  Legislative  Auditor,  Legislative  Audit  Division,                                                            
indicated  that  they looked  at  how  often  the tests  were  being                                                            
offered  and statute calls  for twice  a year.   She noted that  the                                                            
testing  was being done  four to  six times in  Anchorage and  three                                                            
times in Juneau and Fairbanks.   She said that there seemed to be an                                                            
adequate  dispersion and  because of  that they  did not delve  into                                                            
that area any further.                                                                                                          
Co-Chair  Donley  commented that  he  had constituents  contact  him                                                            
saying that  in other states  they do it  more efficiently  with the                                                            
schools  themselves doing  the testing and  the certification;  that                                                            
way if someone  misses one portion  of the test they do not  have to                                                            
wait three  months until the next  opportunity.  He said  that he is                                                            
interested in making the process more efficient.                                                                                
Mrs. Davidson reiterated  that when it was looked at there seemed to                                                            
be a sufficient  minimum number of  tests being offered;  therefore,                                                            
they did not look  into expanding it any further.   She offered that                                                            
the school that  educated the student to be the sole  determinate of                                                            
whether  or not  they are  qualified there  might be  a conflict  of                                                            
interest there.   She noted that there is always some  discussion of                                                            
how a  board member  who runs a  school should  be evaluating  their                                                            
Co-Chair  Kelly  indicated  that  there  were  some  questions  that                                                            
Senator Green had.                                                                                                              
Senator Green  indicated that they were questions  having to do with                                                            
standards for nail and skincare.                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Kelly said that  in that  case he would  like to move  the                                                            
bill, because  those  are issues beyond  the scope  of an  extension                                                            
Co-Chair Donley mentioned  that is part of the sunset review.  First                                                            
of all, he  indicated that it is something  that is still  a need or                                                            
value to the state.   He noted that even though sometimes  they make                                                            
light  of this  particular board  it is  very important  that  these                                                            
people be qualified and  skilled in their jobs.  He pointed out that                                                            
the other function  of the sunset review is to possibly  improve the                                                            
existing system.   Although, he is not suggesting  spending a lot of                                                            
time on this,  but he is hopeful that  the audit would examine  that                                                            
further.   He said  that it would  helpful for  him to explore  this                                                            
further with the auditors.                                                                                                      
Co-Chair Kelly said that his intent was to hold the bill.                                                                       
Senator Green wondered about body pearcing and tattooing.                                                                       
CATHERINE  REARDON, Director,  Division of  Occupational  Licensing,                                                            
Department of Community  and Economic Development, indicated that no                                                            
licenses  have  been  issued  for  body  pearcing  or  tattooing  in                                                            
permanent cosmetic coloring  at this point.  She said that the board                                                            
decided, during the meeting  in January, what it was going to public                                                            
notice for comprehensive  regulations about these  professions.  She                                                            
indicated that they are  waiting for another month in order to issue                                                            
the  board's public  notice  at the  same  time that  Department  of                                                            
Environmental  Conservation  issues  its  public  notice  about  the                                                            
sanitary  conditions of the  shops.  The  requirement for a  license                                                            
with these  professions  does not  go into effect  until July  2002.                                                            
She noted  that the grandfather  license deadline  is July  1, 2001;                                                            
therefore, they  are still in the beginning stages  of licensing and                                                            
regulation of those two professions.                                                                                            
Co-Chair Kelly indicated that SB 53 would be HELD in Committee.                                                                 

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