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Deregulation, hair-style

State Rep. Craig Goldman’s House Bill 2717 to deregulate the profession of hair braiding may take low-hanging fruit, but that doesn’t make it any less necessary.

“The whole point is to remove bad legislation and get it off the books,” the Fort Worth Republican says.

And don’t tell African hair braider Isis Brantley of Dallas that there’s anything easy about deregulation.

She sued the state over onerous regulations, and a federal judge agreed with her earlier this year.

Now even the agency that’s supposed to enforce those rules, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, says they should be removed.

The financial loss, about $123,000 from fees for the next two years, is negligible in a budget of more than $200 billion.

The House passed Goldman’s bill last week. A similar bill is queued up for a vote in the Senate.

Here’s hoping it passes.

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