CHAPTER 631

SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 8

AS AMENDED BY HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 1

PROVIDING FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A JOINT COMMITTEE FOR THE PURPOSE OF INVESTIGATING THE NUMEROUS ALLEGATIONS AND COMPLAINTS REGARDING THE COSMETOLOGY BOARD OF THIS STATE.

WHEREAS, members of the Senate and the House of Representatives of the 127th General Assembly of the State of Delaware, have received widespread complaints regarding certain illegal practices alleged to have taken place with the approval of the Cosmetology Board; and

WHEREAS, it is widely alleged that licenses have been issued by the Board to certain parties to operate beauty salons without being properly examined according to the law; and

WHEREAS, it is also alleged that certain beautician schools have been operating contrary to the law by permitting students to complete 60 hours of training per week in lieu of the 40 hours per week as spelled out in the law and by serving customers on Saturday; and

WHEREAS, it has been alleged that those students who attend certain beautician schools get their license to practice automatically; and

WHEREAS, it is alleged that there is no one in the office of administration who is competent and qualified to answer questions relating to the field of cosmetology; and

WHEREAS, any regulatory agency such as the Cosmetology Board who collects approximately $170,000 in revenue for the State of Delaware in fees from licenses and other costs should certainly manifest a better image to the general public than what is presently being manifested by the existing Board.

NOW, THEREFORE:

BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the 127th General Assembly of the State of Delaware, the House of Representatives concurring therein, that there is hereby established a Joint Committee to investigate all aspects of the cosmetology profession in this State to include the practices, methods and procedures of the existing Board with respect to the administration of the cosmetology statutes.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Committee shall be composed of six (6) members, three (3) of whom shall be members of the Senate appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, and three (3) of whom shall be members of the House of Representatives appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives. No more than three (3) of said members shall be of the same political party. The chairman shall be elected by the membership of said Committee. The Committee shall be authorized to hold such hearings as necessary, to require by subpoena or otherwise the attendance of such witnesses and the production of such books and documents as necessary, to administer oaths and to take testimony. The Committee shall submit a report of its findings to the General Assembly no later than January 30, 1974.

Approved June 26, 1973.