Pre-filed December 1, 2003, and copies ordered printed.





To repeal section 328.080, RSMo, and to enact in lieu thereof two new sections relating to barber apprentices.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:

            Section A. Section 328.080, RSMo, is repealed and two new sections enacted in lieu thereof, to be known as sections 328.075 and 328.080, to read as follows:

            328.075. 1. Any person desiring to practice as an apprentice for barbering in this state shall apply to the board, be licensed with the board, and shall pay the appropriate fees prior to beginning their apprenticeship. Barber apprentices shall be of good moral character and shall be at least seventeen years of age.

            2. Any person desiring to act as an apprentice supervisor for barbering in this state shall first possess a certificate of registration to practice the occupation of barbering, apply to the board, complete an eight-hour apprentice supervision instruction course certified by the board, and be issued a license as barber apprentice supervisor prior to supervising barber apprentices. Barber apprentice supervisors shall supervise no more than two apprentices at one time.

            328.080. 1. Any person desiring to practice barbering in this state shall make application for a certificate to the board and shall pay the required barber examination fee. He or she shall be present at the next regular meeting of the board for the examination of applicants.

            2. The board shall examine the applicant and, upon successful completion of the examination and payment of the required registration fee, shall issue to him or her a certificate of registration authorizing him or her to practice the trade in this state and enter his name in the register herein provided for, if it finds that he or she:

            (1) Is seventeen years of age or older and of good moral character;

            (2) Is free of contagious or infectious diseases;

            (3) Has studied for at least one thousand hours in a period of not less than six months in a properly appointed and conducted barber school under the direct supervision of a licensed instructor; or, if the applicant is an apprentice, the applicant shall have served and completed no less than two thousand hours under the direct supervision of a licensed barber apprentice supervisor;

            (4) Is possessed of requisite skill in the trade of barbering to properly perform the duties thereof, including the preparation of tools, shaving, haircutting and all the duties and services incident thereto; and

            (5) Has sufficient knowledge of the common diseases of the face and skin to avoid the aggravation and spread thereof in the practice of barbering.

            3. The board shall be the judge of whether the barber school or college is properly appointed and conducted under proper instruction to give sufficient training in the trade.

            4. The sufficiency of the qualifications of applicants shall be determined by the board.

            5. For the purposes of meeting the minimum requirements for examination, the apprentice training shall be recognized by the board for a period not to exceed five years.