TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida House held its Thursday session for nearly two hours with state lawmakers debating and voting on approximately forty bills, including Representative Daisy Morales (D-Orlando)’s Barber Services bill, HB 855.
Voters who live in an area represented by a first-time state representative shouldn’t be surprised if nothing happens to bills from their state house district. They are told that passing legislation as a freshman is “just not going to happen.”
It stands to reason then that representatives erupted in celebration in support of a major milestone by a freshman lawmaker.
Freshman State Representative Daisy Morales (D-Orlando)’s Barber Services bill (House Bill 855), her very first bill, passed the Florida House with unanimous bipartisan support.
The bill authorizes barbers to shampoo, cut, or arrange hair in locations other than their registered barbershop without specified arrangements. It takes away unnecessary regulations on barbers, allowing them to continue earning revenue with the freedom to travel to their customers, consequently also allowing residents who are shut-in to receive that service.
HB 855 passed the Florida House with 115 yeas and 0 nays.
“I’m grateful and excited that this bill passed with such statewide bipartisan support. We’re one step closer to leveling the playing field for barbers to thrive in the COVID-19 pandemic, since cosmetologists are already providing mobile services for their clients,” said Representative Morales. “I will continue to champion growth for small businesses by eliminating unnecessary barriers.”
Rep. Morales won support from Representatives Robin Bartleman (D-Weston), Brad Drake (R-DeFuniak Springs), Angie Nixon (D-Jacksonville), Allison Tant (D-Tallahassee), Susan Valdes (D-Tampa), who signed on as cosponsors.
Rep. Morales is ready for what’s next. “I look forward to the barber bill going through the Senate’s final process with Senator Linda Stewart and on to the governor’s desk.”