Archive for Friday, October 8, 1999

AWAIT COUT DECISION

October 8, 1999

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Two women who were ordered to stop braiding hair at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival might find out by this evening if they can resume their craft this weekend.

A Shawnee County District Court judge said during a hearing Thursday that a decision on the matter could come by 5 p.m. today, said the women's attorney, David Brown of Lawrence.

"He said, 'I will try to give you some guidance by 5 p.m. (today),' " Brown said.

The women, Deb Jennings and Wendy Moody, are hoping to be able to braid hair during the last two weekends of the festival.

The State Board of Cosmetology in mid-September formally ordered the women to "cease and desist" from braiding hair at the festival, following a unanimous vote by the board.

Jennings of Lawrence and Moody of Bonner Springs have operated the "Braidin' Maidens" booth at the festival for the last five years, without a problem until this year.

The board took action after receiving a complaint this year from a licensed cosmetologist, said Mary Lou Davis, executive director of the board.

She said the transfer of head lice and scalpworm and other problems could result without proper licensing and regulations.

Jennings and Moody say hair-braiding is not cosmetology.

Brown argued that the board did not have the authority to order Jennings and Moody to stop braiding hair. He noted that state law allows such orders to be issued only against licensed cosmetologists, which Jennings and Moody are not.

If the judge rules in favor of the women, they should be able to braid hair at the festival this weekend, Brown said.

-- Michael Dekker's phone message number is 832-7187. His e-mail address is mdekker@ljworld.com.

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