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AACS' NEW STATE RELATIONS PROGRAM ADVISOR BRIAN NEWMAN IMPLEMENTED STATE BILL TRACKING SITE AND WILL ASSIST MEMBERS WITH LEGISLATIVE CONCERNS BY BEAUTYLINK STAFF A 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 advisor. 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 joined AACS. 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 issues? 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 cosmetology Act. 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. I am also happy to schedule a call with one or more schools to discuss a specific issue or concern. BE AUT YLIN K | NAI L I NG IT ! | 20 1 5 | 17

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
Producing Professionals
Fall’s Top Nail Trends
Superstar Graduate
Beauty Schools Aim to Bring New Life to Nail Tech Programs
Multicultural Corner
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

BeautyLink - Volume 7, Issue 3