Bill could mean more training for cosmetology students

Arkansas - A proposed bill aimed towards additional training for cosmetology students cleared a house committee this week.

If passed, House Bill 1720 would require Arkansas cosmetology students to a take a training course on domestic violence and sexual assault awareness.

Many women told Region 8 News they are hopeful the bill becomes a law.

The training would require students to take a one-hour course on the detection of assault.

While the bill would require training, it does not require stylists to report these types of incidents.

Madeline Laster, a Jonesboro woman, believes training cosmetologists could still provide an opportunity for intervention.

"They're kind of like your therapist in a way," Laster said. "So, you're able to tell them what's going on in your life and everything and they hear those things and a lot of times they don't take into account the impact they can have if they take that to authorities or report the things like that. Sometimes, they're the only person that hears what that person has to say."

The training course would first have to be approved by the Arkansas Department of Health.

The bill does not require previously licensed cosmetologists to take the course. It only applies to students.

To view the bill, click here.

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