The Wisconsin Assembly has passed a bipartisan bill that would allow people to braid hair without a barber or cosmetology license.
The bill's main sponsors, Rep. Sheila Stubbs and Sen. LaTonya Johnson, contend that hair-braiding is a natural and ancient craft and de-regulating it will allow more female entrepreneurs to practice braiding, creating jobs for people of color.
They also argue that many cosmetology schools don't teach natural braiding and braiding isn't a threat to public safety since it doesn't use heat or chemicals.
Both Stubbs and Johnson are Black.
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The Assembly approved the bill 88-5 during a floor session Wednesday afternoon. It goes next to the state Senate.