Gov. Jan Brewer has removed the last threat of state action against eyebrow “threaders.”
Brewer has signed legislation to bar the state Board of Cosmetology from regulating those who make a living plucking eyebrows with threads. The new law will take effect later this summer.
That legislation was one of several bills signed into law by Brewer late Thursday.
The governor also signed measures to:
• Require registered sex offenders with no permanent address to provide law enforcement with a physical location of any temporary residence and register as a transient at least every 90 days. The measure is designed to close a loophole in registration laws.
• Give police and prosecutors more time to bring criminal charges after a motor vehicle accident involving a serious physical injury. The current limit is one year; it will become two.
The fight over threaders stems from a bid by the cosmetology board to regulate the practice. It involves using pieces of thread to pluck eyebrows, one hair at a time.
Board members said that fits within the definition of what they regulate. That includes “arching eyebrows” and “removing superfluous hair by means other than electrolysis.”
After a lawsuit was filed by the Institute for Justice, the board backed off. But fearing possible future action, Tim Keller, an attorney with the organization, pushed to permanently — and legally — remove the board’s authority.
The legislation signed by Brewer creates a specific exemption for those who remove facial hairs “with the use of a single strand of cotton thread and an over-the-counter astringent.” But threaders would still be forbidden from using any other chemicals, wax or tools.
This isn’t the first time lawmakers have forced the board to back down.
Keller sued the same board nearly a decade ago over whether people who braid hair for a living should have to be licensed as cosmetologists. Lawmakers then approved a measure in 2004 creating a special exemption for braiders.