The Directors of the Florida Association of Cosmetology and Technical Schools (FACTS) Visit State Legislatures.

The Directors of the Florida Association of Cosmetology and Technical Schools (FACTS) visited our state legislatures on March 6th and 7th on behalf of our membership. This annual visit was designed to maintain a close relationship with legislators and to be a source of information for them on issues affecting our industry. Upon arrival at the offices of our lobbyist Monica Rodriguez of Akerman Senterfitt law firm we were surprised to hear that a Bill had been introduced that does impact our industry. Monica informed us of Senate Bill 720 by Senator Brandes and House Bill 1189 by Representative Raburn that in effect would deregulate Hair Braiders, Hair Wrappers and Body Wrappers.

We were surprised at this development as there was no indication previously that there would be any items in this current legislative session that would affect our industry. The group immediately took the opposing position to these bills and spent the next two days voicing that opinion. We met with both Senator Brandes and Representative Raburn the sponsors of the bill expressing our concerns. They were gracious in allowing us to make our case , however they remained firm on their position. We did meet with 5 Senators, 12 Representatives and numerous Legislative Assistants with the message of our opposition to these bills. We are happy to announce that there was an overwhelming amount of support to our position. It is our belief that these bills will not move any further and your FACTS organization was instrumental in making our voice heard.

Additionally, the group met with Sam Ferguson the Executive Director for the Commission of Independent Education to discuss the impending State Authorization issues. This issue in summary brings into question the authority of the State of Florida to authorize our schools to operate as a Post Secondary Institution. Failure to have the proper authorization would in fact make many schools ineligible to offer Title IV funding as of July 1, 2013. Mr. Ferguson informed us that he is in contact with the appropriate officials at the US Department of Education and will keep us informed of his progress.

These are significant issues that the FACTS organization is continually monitoring and advocating for on behalf of ALL Cosmetology and Technical Schools in our State. It is imperative that we have all schools from this sector become engaged in the issues affecting us all. We ask that you join FACTS and lend your voice to our industry and make us an organization that is represented by 100% of the schools in the state offering the cosmetology and related programs.

FACTS Meetings Itinerary: March 6TH & 7TH


1:00 – 1:15 p.m. - Rep. Roberson

2:00 – 2:30 p.m. - Robyn Barrineau, Executive Dir. of AB&T, Tim Vaccaro, Deputy Director for Professions, Sam Verghese, Legislative Affairs Director for DBPR
(316 Capitol - Conference Room)

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.  - Rep. Gibbons

3:00 – 3:15 p.m. - Rep. Dudley

3:30 – 3:45 p.m. - Rep. Albritton  

4:30 – 4:45 p.m. - Senator Sachs

4:30 - 4:45 p.m. - Sen. Brandes

4:30 – 4:45 p.m. - Rep. Rouson –sick and could not meet


8:00 – 8:15 a.m. - Rep. Raburn

9:15 – 9:30 a.m. - Rep. Castor

9:30 – 9:45 a.m. - Sen. Braynon's

10:00 - 11:00 a.m.- Samuel Ferguson Executive Director

10:30 – 12:30 p.m - Senate Regulated Industries Meeting

1:00 – 3:00 p.m- House Business & Professional Regulation 

2:45 - 3:00 p.m - Rep. Steube

3:30 – 3:45 p.m. - Rep. La Rosa

3:55 - 4:10 p.m. – Sen. Stargel

4:30 - 4:45 p.m. - Sen. Hukill

5:00 – 5:15 p.m. - Rep. Mayfield

FACTS State Legislature Meeting

FACTS State Legislature Meeting

FACTS State Legislature Meeting

FACTS State Legislature Meeting