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HB 2717 would deregulate the occupational licensing regime for hair braiders who do not use chemicals or adhesives in practicing their trade. This is an excellent step in the right direction.
The occupational license requirements that this bill would remove simply serve the purpose of elevating barriers to entry and protecting entrenched business interests with a shield from unwanted competition. In fact, that is the case with most occupational licensing schemes. Doing away with such requirements would be a clear move in the direction to promote liberty and free markets in Texas.
As the legislature wisely considers deregulating the hair braiding industry, this may be a good opportunity to visit the occupational licensing issue more broadly and look for other areas to deregulate as well. This legislation promotes free markets, individual liberty, personal responsibility, and limited government. We support HB 2717.