HB 2698

86(R) - 2019
House Licensing & Administrative Procedures
House Licensing & Administrative Procedures
Occupational Licensing

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Positive


Craig Goldman
Ana Hernandez


Judith Zaffirini

Bill Caption

Relating to the administration of the practical examination required for a barbering or cosmetology license.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

Under current statute, the examination required for a barbering or cosmetology license may only be administered by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation or an entity contracted with by TDLR. This significantly limits the availability and location of testing for those seeking to enter these licensed professions.

HB 2698 would allow barber schools, private beauty culture schools or public secondary or postsecondary beauty culture schools to administer examinations for barber and cosmetology licenses.  The bill would additionally grant the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation the power to approve the examinations. The practical effect of this bill would be to offer flexibility by expanding the options an individual has for taking a barbering or cosmetology examination. 

Vote Recommendation Notes

Texas Action supports HB 2698 for promoting the principles of individual liberty and limited government by adding some flexibility in exam-taking for these highly regulated professions.