H.3417 – Permitting for Mobile Barbershops

H.3417 would require mobile barbershops to obtain a permit from the State Board of Barber Examiners before operating. The bill imposes regulations and permitting fees as well as allowing the board to enact additional regulations as it sees fit in order to implement the provisions of the bill.

This is one of the more obvious examples of heavy-handed government overreach. Why does a State Board of Barber Examiners even exist? Cutting someone’s hair is not a medical operation. Regulating at this level will stifle small businesses, raise the barriers to entry for entrepreneurs, and increase their financial burden. In addition, measures like this drive up consumer costs by stifling competition.

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