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Title: Cosmetology Board's Investigation of Free, Unlicensed Haircuts Is 'Outrageous,' Governor Says
Source: Reason
URL Source: http://reason.com/blog/2017/02/15/a ... vernor-blasts-cosmetology-boar
Published: Feb 15, 2017
Author: Eric Boehm
Post Date: 2017-02-15 18:03:28 by Deckard
Keywords: None
Views: 140
Comments: 7

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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey slammed the state's cosmetology board for investigating a student who gave free haircuts to homeless people in Tucson last month.

As Reason detailed yesterday, the Arizona State Board of Cosmetology launched an investigation into Juan Carlos Montesdeoca after receiving complaints that he was cutting hair without a license. According to the complaint, first reported by Tucson News Now on Monday, the board received an anonymous complaint alleging that Montesdeoca was "requesting local businesses and local stylists to help out with free haircuts (unlicensed individuals) to the homeless."

In a letter sent Wednesday to members of the board, Ducey called the investigation "outrageous."

"Our job as public servants is to support Arizonans in their efforts to better their own lives—and certainly in their efforts to improve the lives of others," Ducey, a Republican, wrote. "Any actions by your board on this issue, outside of applauding Mr. Montesdeoca's efforts, are unnecessary and uncalled for."

The governor told the board to end the investigation and save Montesdeoca the trouble of traveling from Tucson to Phoenix to appear before the board. If the board is considering any penalties or fees against Montesdeoca, they should be waived immediately, Ducey said.

It's unclear what authority Ducey has over the board's actions, and whether he would be able to order it to drop the investigation into Montesdeoca or, as he did in the letter on Wednesday, merely call for them to do so. (Update: A spokesman for the governor's office clarifies for me that the board operates independently, but the governor gets to appoint members as vacancies are available, and could act to remove members.)

Either way, his letter should be applauded for bringing wider attention to the absurd over-reaction of the state's cosmetology board. In targeting Montesdeoca, the board is being blatantly anti-competitive and tone deaf, but it's also wasting limited investigative resources that could otherwise be deployed to uncover actual examples of unlicensed cosmetologists putting the public's health and safety at risk—something the board believes is a real threat to Arizonans.

Stories like this make it clear why Arizona was rated as "the most broadly and onerously licensed state for low-and moderate-income workers," in a 2012 report from the Institute for Justice, a libertarian law firm that provides support to individuals and businesses that challenge anti-competitive licensing schemes. Getting a cosmetology license in Arizona requires more than a full year of expensive schooling in a wide range of beauty treatments.

Montesdeoca is in the process of getting that license, but the board's investigation of his free haircuts could put his career in jeopardy.

"The fact that one of our own citizens is volunteering his time and talents in an effort to help those who need it is exactly the kind of citizenship we should be encouraging and celebrating," Ducey wrote. "Instead, Mr. Montesdeoca finds the heavy hand of government working against him, trying to end his charitable and caring efforts." (1 image)

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#1. To: Deckard (#0)

More and more Governors should do this. There is always executive clemency and judgment involved in regulatory and law enforcement. As the Chief Executive Officer of their states, and of the federal government, Governors and the President can command and compel their subordinates to be lenient in their enforcement of regulations and laws, to give the citizen the benefit of the doubt, to not aggressively or zealously pursue petty violations but to focus their efforts on egregious violations.

Vicomte13  posted on  2017-02-15   18:07:57 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Deckard (#0)

The governor is right. Screw the ninnies who love government being the hall monitor.

A K A Stone  posted on  2017-02-15   18:44:59 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: A K A Stone (#2)

Do you really want to risk catching HIV from the unsanitary conditions from an unlicensed barber?

Willie Green  posted on  2017-02-15   18:56:29 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: Willie Green (#3)

Do you really want to risk catching HIV from the unsanitary conditions from an unlicensed barber?

Nah.

Hey Willie show me where that ever happened?

It is freedom Willie. If they want the guy to cut their hair then it isn't really any of your or anyone else's business.

Hey Willie. Do you think the government should put padding on the sidewalks and streets. In case someone falls down or something. I mean they might hurt themselves.

A K A Stone  posted on  2017-02-15   19:04:20 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: Willie Green (#3)

Do you really want to risk catching HIV from the unsanitary conditions from an unlicensed barber?

Yes, Because I don't let barbers shave me, and you can't catch aids from hairclippers unless they have HIV on them and they STAB you with them.

So yes, I am willing to "risk" AIDS by non-licensed barbers. Because the risk is zero, but the reality of the government intruding where I don't want it is a certain harm that I am not willing to accept if I can help it.

Vicomte13  posted on  2017-02-15   20:14:20 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: A K A Stone (#4)

Hey Willie show me where that ever happened?

The risk of transmitting HIV is actually pretty low... However diseases and infections such as ringworm, hepatitis, lice, and impetigo are much more common... Not to mention misapplication of harsh chemicals that are often used in hair "styling", dyeing and treatment..

It's about public health...

Do you think the government should put padding on the sidewalks and streets. In case someone falls down or something.

Padding may be impractical... However I certainly do think the government is responsible for repairing/upgrading and maintaining streets & roads to help prevent accidents.

Willie Green  posted on  2017-02-15   20:21:48 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: A K A Stone (#4)

Willie must be auditioning for membership into the Canary Clan, in the regulatory division.

Si vis pacem, para bellum

Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.

There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."Theodore Roosevelt-1907.

I am concerned for the security of our great nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within." -- General Douglas MacArthur

Stoner  posted on  2017-02-16   6:22:09 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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