KANSAS BOARD OF COSMETOLOGY
MINUTES OF MAY 24, 2010 TELECONFERENCE
A teleconference meeting of the Kansas Board of Cosmetology was held on May 24, 2010, at the Board office, 714 SW Jackson, Suite 100, Topeka, Kansas. The meeting was called to order by Ms. Marie Plinsky, Board Chair. Also in attendance was Mr. Ron McKenzie, Vice-Chair. Ms. Allene Owen, Member; Mr. Douglas R. Rushing, Member; Mr. James A. George, Member; and Mr. Darrell D. Ringler, Member; appeared by teleconference. Mr. Jerry E. Waltrip, Member, was unable to attend. Ms. Mary Feighny, Deputy Attorney General; and Ms. Mary Lou Davis, Executive Director for the Board were also in attendance. Minutes were recorded by Ms. Lisa S. Florez, Senior Administrative Specialist.
The Board teleconference meeting was held to discuss the apprentice program for students in the cosmetology professions. A week prior to this Board meeting, a Board committee met to discuss the matter in order to make a recommendation to the full Board. The recommendation was made that the apprentice license program be abolished.
Mr. McKenzie stated he wished to rescind his recommendation to abolish the apprentice program.
Ms. Plinsky inquired how the Board would know who was attending a cosmetology school if the apprentice licensure requirement was changed. Ms. Davis stated the Board would have no knowledge of students attending cosmetology school. Ms. Davis commented that the Board of Cosmetology is the only state entity overseeing cosmetology schools. Many schools are accredited by a Department of Education recognized accrediting agency.
Mr. McKenzie remarked that the apprentice license protects the student as well as the consuming public.
Ms. Feighny stated abolishing the requirement for an apprentice license would need to be done by statute.
Ms. Owen stated the committee had a difficult time coming to a conclusion regarding the language of “student” and "enrollment”.
Mr. Rushing commented on the difficulty the committee had defining “enrollment” and “start date” and the 15 day timeframe outlined in the statute regarding apprentice licensure.
Ms. Davis suggested a program whereby the student-to-be would submit their application via the internet and generate a printed confirmation. The Board would then issue the license to the student’s school within 15 days.
Mr. McKenzie inquired whether the confirmation could be used as verification of the student’s attendance so the student could begin school and not have to wait until receipt of the physical license.
Ms. Davis reported she would have to research whether the database would support online apprentice licensure application.
Ms. Plinsky inquired of the Board if it would be willing to proceed with online apprentice applications provided the database has the capability.
A discussion was had among the Board and counsel regarding the difference between an enrollment date and a start date and when the two events occur.
Motion to move forward with an apprentice licensure application via the internet and the Kansas Board of Cosmetology’s website to be completed by the student; allowing an applicant to begin school on the start date submitted on the application with a printed confirmation generated by the online application process. Thereafter the Board would forward to the school an issued apprentice license reflective of the start date indicated by the online application. (Owen/George).
A roll call vote was taken. Those in favor of passing the motion stated “yes”. Those opposed stated “no”.
Plinsky: No vote necessary due to above majority vote.
Motion passed 5-0. Ms. Davis is to research the database capability to move forward with the motion.
Motion to adjourn. (Owen/McKenzie). Motion passed unanimously.