(St. Paul, MN)  —  The Minnesota Legislature says freelance hair and makeup artists should be able to operate without a full cosmetology license.  The legislature passed the legislation with bipartisan support on Sunday.

Advocates say it mostly affects freelance stylists and makeup artists who work weddings or other formal events. It would not exempt people who cut or color hair. The measure would still require them to take four-hour safety class.

Previously, the Minnesota Board of Cosmetology required freelancers to complete thousands of hours of training before being allowed to practice.  The bill now goes to the desk of Governor Tim Walz.