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BRIAN NEWMAN IMPLEMENTED STATE BILL TRACKING SITE
AND WILL ASSIST MEMBERS WITH LEGISLATIVE CONCERNS
BY BEAUTYLINK STAFF
ACS' Board of Directors
committed earlier this
year to strengthening
the association's state
relations program. To
this end, a familiar face
to some, Brian Newman, was retained in
March 2015 to serve as a state relations
Brian served from 1997 to 2013 in various government relations positions with
the Career College Association (CCA) and
the Association of Private Sector Colleges
and Universities (APSCU). During his tenure there, Newman had the opportunity to
work with AACS CEO Jim Cox and Public
Policy Advisor Tom Netting before they
As APSCU's director of State Affairs,
Newman was the principal liaison between
APSCU and 30 affiliated state associations to identify and address issues of
importance to the for-profit postsecondary education sector. He selected vendors
and established protocols creating a webbased state legislative and regulatory monitoring portal. He also organized several
successful state legislative days to educate
policy makers about the economic impact
of private sector colleges and universities.
One of Newman's first tasks at AACS
was to establish an online state bill tracking portal to allow members to track state
legislation of interest or concern to their
schools. He noted that while this new member benefit will be of particular value to
schools without professional statehouse
representation, "it will allow all AACS
members to identify trends and respond
to thread in a more cohesive fashion."
Newman spoke to BeautyLink about
AACS state relations efforts and some of
the issues impacting cosmetology schools
in statehouses across America.
BeautyLink (BL): How do you plan
to assist AACS members address
state legislative and regulatory
Brian Newman (BN): The assistance
will vary on a state and an issue basis.
In states where cosmetology schools are
represented by an active state association,
my role will be different than in a state
without a state association.
In general, I will be conducting legislative research, adapting model legislation to
specific state codes, identifying legislative
sponsors and committee leadership, and
ensuring our schools have a unified voice
when a bill or regulation may impact our
schools. Most of my work will be done hand
in glove with the leadership and members
of AACS' State Relations Committee.
BL: What are some of the state
issues or trends impacting
cosmetology schools this year?
BN: State authorization legislation has been
a top priority for AACS and our member
schools. Texas, Tennessee and Alabama
are three of the states that considered state
authorization bills this spring. I am also
assisting schools in another state move
from a bifurcated regulatory model to one
in which all approvals would be granted by
the state's board of cosmetology.
Another significant issue has been the
proliferation of bills to deregulate hair
braiding, barbering and make up artistry.
A number of states - including Colorado
and Maine - passed legislation to exempt
"natural hair braiding" from the state's
I have also seen a couple of bills designed
to address litigation regarding minimum
square footage. Nevada, for example, considered a bill that eliminates the 5,000
square feet minimum for cosmetology
schools. The bill - AB 246 - however
grants the state's Board of Cosmetology
with the authority to impose a minimum
floor space requirement by regulation.
BL: How about emerging trends?
BN: A recently enacted bill in the state
of Washington will permit online training by Washington licensed schools in
the areas of "cosmetology, hair design,
master esthetics, manicuring, barbering,
esthetics, and instructor-training." I expect
other states to grapple with online learning
issues for many years to come.
BL: How may school officials and
others contact you to discuss state
legislative and regulatory issues?
BN: I can be reached by email at brian.carl.
firstname.lastname@example.org. I am also happy to
schedule a call with one or more schools
to discuss a specific issue or concern.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of BeautyLink - Volume 7, Issue 3
Message From the Aacs President and CEA Chair
CEA Annual Convention & Expo Preview
Event Recap: 2015 Spring Executive Retreat & Financial Aid Workshop
AACS’ New State Relations Program Advisor
And Than There's Compliance
Fall’s Top Nail Trends
Beauty Schools Aim to Bring New Life to Nail Tech Programs
A Student's Perspective
Beauty Changes Lives
People & Places
New Products and Services
Associate Member Profiles: Nail Specialty Companies
New School Members
Upcoming 2015 Events
Index to Advertisers
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