OLYMPIA, Wash. - Senate Bill 5326 is growing concern from those in the cosmetology industry.
Senator Karen Keiser released a statement today regarding those concerns.
"Thank you to the men and women across the state who have reached out to our legislative office and many others" Keiser said, "I heard from hundreds of hairdressers who feared the proposal was a threat to their chosen profession. I want to be clear that it was never my intent to cause stress and anxiety to salon workers, much less jeopardize their livelihood."
As we reported yesterday SB 5326 would prohibit the holder of a salon/shop license to lease a station in a salon to someone who owns a separate business.
Keiser says some of the language in the bill is what is sparking the concerns.
“I hope removing the language regarding a booth rental ban will alleviate these concerns. The original bill was not fully understood as a proposal for tax fairness, which remains its main goal."
Keiser says the new bill will retain the states 'level playing field' tax approach so that salons with employees as well as booth renters are subject to the same taxes.
SB 5326 is scheduled for public hearing at 10 a.m. Monday before the Senate Committee on Labor & Commerce.