Bangor rep. wants hair braiding exempted from cosmetology licensing

Posted Oct. 17, 2011, at 11:39 a.m.
Last modified Oct. 17, 2011, at 5:41 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A bill that would exempt hair braiding from state licensing requirements is among the bills being requested for the second legislative session in Maine next year.

Rep. Adam Goode, D-Bangor, told the Portland Press-Herald he asked for the legislation on behalf of immigrant families living in the Portland area who were concerned that hair braiding could be illegal under state law without a cosmetology license. So he’s requesting an exemption in the law for braiding.

Lawmakers generally consider only emergency bills and budget-related items in the second session.

Legislative leaders are expected to meet later this month to determine which of the 288 bills requested will be considered in 2012.