State Watch

Arizona governor signs 'Blow Dry Freedom' law

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) signed a bill into law Tuesday to abolish occupational licensing requirements to blow dry hair in the state, a move he has praised as a "big win for freedom and Arizona workers."

The "Blow Dry Freedom" legislation, also known as SB 1401, would exempt people who "only blow dry, shampoo and style hair from burdensome cosmetology regulations meant for more technical salon services," the governor's office said in a release this week.

"Today is a victory for common sense," Ducey said in a statement. "It's ridiculous that government bureaucrats would require 1,000 training hours before someone can start a job blow drying hair."

"This bill ends that foolishness. People deserve the opportunity to work without jumping through needless government hoops," he continued. "Arizona will continue to be a state that welcomes opportunity."

Arizona state Senator Michelle Ugenti-Rita (R), who sponsored the legislation, said the measure "allows people to get to work." 

"By getting rid of expensive and time-consuming requirements for employment, Arizona is opening up opportunity," she said in a statement. "Thank you to Governor Ducey for signing this common sense legislation that removes barriers keeping people from advancing in their careers." 

Ducey's decision comes a week after he signed legislation that made Arizona the first state in the country to recognize out-of-state occupational licenses.

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