2012 Regular Session
To: Public Health and Welfare; Finance
By: Senator(s) Frazier
AN ACT TO DEFINE THE TERM "EYEBROW THREADING"; TO PROVIDE THAT PERSONS PRACTICING EYEBROW THREADING FOR COMPENSATION ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER WITH THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND PAY A FEE; TO PROVIDE THAT THE DEPARTMENT IS NOT AUTHORIZED TO LICENSE OR REGULATE THE PRACTICE OF EYEBROW THREADING; TO DIRECT THE DEPARTMENT TO DEVELOP BROCHURES CONTAINING INFORMATION ABOUT THIS PRACTICE; TO AUTHORIZE THE DEPARTMENT TO CONDUCT INSPECTIONS OF PREMISES TO DETERMINE WHETHER SELF-TESTING FOR INFECTION CONTROL IS AVAILABLE ON EYEBROW THREADING SITES; TO CLARIFY THAT THIS PROVISION IS NOT APPLICABLE TO LICENSED COSMETOLOGISTS OR BARBERS; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. The following provision shall be codified as Section 73-7-81, Mississippi Code of 1972:
73-7-81. (1) For the purpose of this section, the term "eyebrow threading" means the use of techniques that involve the twisting of a piece of thread, usually cotton, into a double strand to pick up a line of hair and then remove it by the follicle, creating a very precise hairline, but does not involve the application of reactive chemicals.
(2) No person shall engage in eyebrow threading for compensation in the State of Mississippi without first registering with the State Department of Health. The department may charge each registrant a fee of not more than Fifty Dollars ($50.00) to cover the department's costs in registering the person and providing the person with the brochure prepared under subsection (3) of this section, which fee shall be uniform for all registrants. The purpose of this registration is only to maintain a listing of those persons who engage in eyebrow threading for compensation in the state, and does not authorize the department to license or regulate the practice of eyebrow threading in the state, except as provided in subsection (4) of this section.
(3) The State Department of Health shall develop and prepare a brochure containing information about infection control techniques that are appropriate for eyebrow threading in or outside of a salon setting. The brochure shall be made available through the department's website or by mail, upon request, for a fee to cover the department's mailing costs. The brochure shall contain a self-test with questions on the information contained in the brochure. For a person engaged in eyebrow threading to be exempt from the Cosmetology Licensure Law, Section 73-7-1 et seq., the person shall complete the self-test and keep the brochure and completed self-test available at the location at which the person is engaged in eyebrow threading.
(4) Representatives of the department may visit any facility or premises in which eyebrow threading is performed at any time during business hours to determine if the brochure and completed self-test are available at the facility or premises.
(5) This section does not apply to cosmetologists, barbers or estheticians licensed to practice in Mississippi in their respective fields.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.