I received an announcement from Governor Sanford of South Carolina. The odd thing is that I could read the whole document verbatim and you couldnâ€™t tell the governorâ€™s thoughts from mine. Iâ€™m in complete agreement.
Well, the new bill he signed, H.3803. It removes the legal requirement for shampooers to receive the same state-mandated 1,500 hours of training that cosmetologists receive.
Unfortunately, the bill does nothing to address the fact that state law requires 1,500 hours of training to be a cosmetologist â€” almost four times the amount of state-required training to become a police officer â€” and just one of a number of examples of overregulation by state government that Governor Sanford highlighted during the news conference.
There. Iâ€™ve just cribbed more than a paragraph from Governor Sanford.
And no, governor, your check is not in the mail.
The truth about South Carolina is that it is an amazingly over-regulated state. It makes no sense to demand cosmetologists be more schooled in their art than police. The worst that could happen from a bad cosmetologist? A bad hair-do. Lice. The worst from a police officer? You could be shot in the head.
Sanford said such regulation â€œis more about protecting the profits of people in a particular industry rather than protecting the consumer.â€
In most cases, he said. The other cases?
Those regulations are â€œJust plain silly.â€
This is Common Sense. Iâ€™m Paul Jacob.