Tuesday SCOTUS Decision Formally Makes Missouri Hair-braiding Lawsuit Moot | KBIA

Tuesday SCOTUS Decision Formally Makes Missouri Hair-braiding Lawsuit Moot

Oct 10, 2018

In May, the Missouri legislature passed a law on hair-braiding that made a four-year lawsuit moot, and, on Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court formalized it, said Dan Alban, an attorney at the Institute for Justice that brought the lawsuit.

Four years ago, braiders in Missouri filed the federal lawsuit. They challenged the state requirement to go through cosmetology school and complete 1,500 hours of hands-on training in order to have a license to legally braid hair.

Hair braiders in the state described the rules as "unfair and unnecessary," and complained that, at the most, cosmetology schools devote only a small portion of classes to the practice. But some defended the regulations.

This year, the legislature passed a law easing requirements. Now a braider needs to watch an instructional video and register with the state.

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