Did you know that current New Jersey law makes it illegal for hair braiders to earn a living using their skills unless they spend thousands of dollars and hours to obtain a cosmetology license?
If hair braiders do not obtain a license, they are fined a hefty $1,200 for not complying with the law. These laws force hair braiders to live in fear their business will be shut down.
21 percent of occupations in New Jersey currently require a license and the Institute for Justice notes that the Garden State is considered, “the 16th most broadly and onerously licensed state” in the country.
Burdensome occupational licensing laws like the regulations imposed on New Jersey hair braiders create unnecessary barriers to opportunity, preventing people from making a living to support themselves and their families.
Assembly bill A3355 and Senate companion bill S407 will reform current New Jersey law to eliminate the licensing requirement for hair braiders and expand opportunity across the state.