Sightline’s work on deregulating hair-braiding requirements in Oregon got a big boost on Sunday—a cover story in the Oregonian:
Front-coverage is a huge step for getting the law fixed. As we’ve written before, hair braiding is just one of many industries where licensing rules are making it harder for some folks to earn a living. In many cases, those rules may have once made sense; but as they’ve evolved, they now do more to protect current license-holders than to benefit consumers. Removing unnecessary license requirements would make it easier to find work and a boon to the Northwest’s economy.
Fortunately, Oregon legislators are starting to take notice. And hair braider Amber Starks is leading the charge to get the law fixed. Let’s hope that it’s only a matter of time.