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Oklahoma Skin Care Professionals: ACT NOW to Stop Changes To Your Regulatory Board

Posted: March 23, 2011

According to the National Coalition of Estheticians, Manufacturers/Distributors & Asssociations (NCEA), in an effort to consolidate regulating boards in Oklahoma, Senators Jolly and Shannon of the House sponsored a bill creating the Office of Business and Professional Facilitation within the Department of Commerce which "shall regulate and have supervisory authority over all employees and subjects of licensure, registration, certification and accreditation." That includes 40 different trades, including licensing of estheticians, cosmetologists and the other nine licenses overseen by the Oklahoma State Board of Cosmetology. See SB 772.

If you are a skin care professional in Oklahoma, your voice needs to be heard by sending the following message to the applicable representative listed below the message. Please send this e-mail today to protect your career.

I am a licensed esthetician (or license{s} you hold) in Oklahoma, and I am concerned that without our State Board of Cosmetology overseeing licensees, that it will be detrimental to my skin care business. There is a growing problem nationwide with human trafficking and fraudulent activities related to licensing in cosmetology. The only way to keep those activities to a minimum in the state of Oklahoma is through control and issuance of our license, and to maintain our current board. Our board issues more than 25,000 individual licenses, approximately 5,500 facility licenses, and oversees 89 schools. It is estimated that approximately 25% of Oklahoma licensees are of foreign nationality, and that number is growing.

It is doubtful that any other trades listed in in SB 772 deals with this number of immigrants or licensees, into their professional field. I join the National Coalition of Estheticians, Manufacturers/Distributors & Asssociations (NCEA) and I DO NOT SUPPORT SB 772. To take away our licensing services would be detrimental to the health, safety and general welfare of the people of the state of Oklahoma. Without direct regulatory board oversight, my livelihood will be threatened with undocumented, unlicensed workers.

Leave the Oklahoma State Board of Cosmetology alone as a self-sustaining regulatory board.