Texas cosmetologists will soon be able to apply to become licensed cosmetolists, after state lawmakers passed a bill this week that would make it easier to get a cosmetological license.
The bill, which passed the Texas House by a vote of 74-20 on Tuesday, has not yet been sent to the governor for his signature, but a similar bill was signed into law in March.
“This bill is a major step toward ensuring that Texans have access to qualified professionals in the field,” state Sen. Joe Pickett, who sponsored the bill, said in a statement.
“Cosmetology is a highly specialized field that has been evolving in the past 50 years, and it is important that Texans are afforded the same opportunity to access the profession that has brought them the wealth of experience that they have today.”
A cosmetography license is required to practice medicine.
Texans have the option of taking a course or applying online for a license to practice as a licensed cosmologist.
The Texas Cosmetology Board, which oversees licensing in the state, said the bill was approved by the Texas Senate on Wednesday, and will go to the House.
The legislation was approved in March by the state House, which also passed a law in May that allows for licensed cosmeceuticals to become more widely available.
“The bill will also provide the licensure requirements for licensed health care practitioners,” said Heather Roush, a spokesperson for the board.
“It will help provide qualified Texans with access to the health care system while ensuring that licensed health professionals have the resources to provide the care they need, and in a timely manner.”