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State lawmakers backtrack on 2013 law that regulates barbers

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ANNISTON, AL - Alabama lawmakers are backtracking on a 2013 bill aimed at regulating barbers and barbershops. Now, one local senator has proposed changes.

The piece of legislation was passed last May. It put all barbers in Alabama under the control of the state Board of Cosmetology and Barbering. It required barbers and barber shops to have licenses and called for inspections to ensure shops are sanitary.

The lawmakers that favor the bill said it was needed to prevent unlicensed, untrained cosmetologist from getting barbering business licenses and offering services like chemical hair treatments.

The barber that cuts the hair of Senator Del Marsh of Anniston, gave him an earful about how he opposed the new barber law. After finding out the bill wasn't popular back home, Marsh proposed some changes to it.  This past Thursday, the legislature approved Marsh's bill that would exempt barbers that have been cutting hair for at least ten years. Marsh's barber, Calvin Lackey, says he's an old school barber and he doesn't offer services where chemicals for hair treatment and coloring are used.

"I'm covered and I thank myself pretty fair and taking care of my shop and keep it clean and keeping my tools cleaned sanitizer. When I put a new light in the sanitizer I date it when it was changed and put it under the sanitizer," Calvin Lackey, SR. said.

"Alabama has some of the best barbers. I'll put them against any other state. They need to be certified and qualified with the license behind their chair," Jackson's Unisex Barbershop Owner General Jackson added.

The new law would require all barbers to get extra licenses. They would have to purchase a two year license for $80.00. Every barbershop in the state would have to buy a two year business license for $150.00.

Senator Del Marsh's revised version of the bill is awaiting Governor Robert Bentley's signature.

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