Michigan Sen. David Knezek, D-Dearborn Heights, snarked on Twitter recently about a bill that makes it a little easier for people to earn money by shampooing hair.

ForTheRecord says: Under current law, it is illegal to shampoo hair for people outside one’s family without a cosmetology license – which requires 1,500 hours of training or a two-year apprenticeship, $200 in fees and passing an exam. Many people across Michigan have been fined and punished for shampooing hair without a cosmetology license. For perspective, the Federal Aviation Authority requires the same number of hours for airline pilots (up from 250 prior to 2014).

This requirement may not be the biggest issue facing the state, but it’s a big issue for someone of limited means who wants to earn a living as a cosmetologist.

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